August 15, 2020
Today’s devotion is based on Psalm 67: “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!”
I am finishing this week’s daily devotion with a beautiful psalm of corporate praise. As the people of God, it’s easy to look around our world and hear the voices of fear and doom around us.
But it is in choosing to look for ways we are being blessed, examples of where God is at work and where people are being loved, that we lift our praise to God, and the ends of the earth learn to fear him. And as we praise God, we realize that all over the world, people we have never met are also lifting up his name with us. Next week give yourself some space to think about how God has blessed you, for he has.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, seen and unseen, as we lift our praise to you, whether it is easy for us or a desperate act of faith, you are changing us into the likeness of your Son. Let all the peoples see and learn to fear you. Let your people all over the world love in your name and thank you for your blessings, so that your ways may be known on earth. Praise be to you! In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.