June 27, 2017

Today you should read: Psalm 67

Does today’s psalm sound familiar at all to you?

The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,

‘The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.’

“So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.” (Numbers 6:22-27 ESV)

This prayer echoes what is often called the Aaronic Blessing (above), which is not only a request for God’s blessing, but a reminder of His presence. Today’s reflection question: What are a few ways that you have experienced the blessings of the Lord? As you consider what He has done for you, use these thoughts as fuel to live in gratitude this week.

I want to highlight one more important aspect of this psalm, and it appears in verse 4. It’s where we see a hint of the inclusion of the gentiles in God’s plan of redemption. We see the phrase, “Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,” which can be confusing since most see the Old Testament pointing  to the Jews as God’s people. How should we understand this? John Collins of Covenant Theological Seminary put it this way:

This could be a prayer that these Gentiles come to appreciate the author of that general and kind providence they have experienced, and then to worship him (cf. Acts 14:17); but, since the term “judge” seems to indicate a more direct rule than simply oversight (cf. also the term guide, or “lead”; see Ps. 73:24; 77:20), it is more likely that this is praying for the day when God’s acknowledged rule is extended to include the Gentiles (cf. Isa. 2:4; 11:3–4, both using the same word, “judge,” applied to the Gentiles). (In the OT, the first duty of the judge was to protect the innocent; he was a kind of savior.) The OT very decidedly looks to a future era in which the Gentiles receive God’s light, and this song fosters this hope in each ordinary believer. (See also the note on Ps. 67:6–7, “the ends of the earth.”) The Christian message includes the announcement that this era has arrived, due to Jesus’ resurrection, which installs him on the throne of David (Rom. 1:1–5).

“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,” then, should be seen not as a generic way of saying that creation should worship God, but a celebratory glimpse of people from all over the world bringing praise to the Lord. That’s good stuff right there…

By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

5 thoughts on “June 27, 2017”

  1. 2 May your ways be known throughout the earth,
    your saving power among people everywhere.
    3 May the nations praise you, O God.
    Yes, may all the nations praise you.

    These two verses really spoke to me this morning as I prayed for our mission teams in El Salvador, Chicago’s Chinatown, and those who recently returned from Uganda. May the Gospel seeds planted there produce a bountiful harvest.

  2. I am seeing God blessing my life by my obedience, (not consistent yet but I’m a work in progress,) in trying to be in the Word on a regular basis. This has literally been a Jumpstart for me to get back into the Word and start spending time with God to get my life back on track. I also have a praise, someone that I asked a prayer request has taken the first step to getting help. Please continue to pray for him.

  3. Some times I take things for granted, then I really see that it’s a God thing. Like Miles and I coming to CPC, what a difference in our life changing churches when we did, this was not a coincidence, it was surly GOD.

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