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Gracious to Us

“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” (Psalm 67:1, ESV). The first verse of this psalm puts into a prayer of supplication an abbreviated portion of the high priestly blessing that God designated for His people (Num. 6:22-27). As the psalmist prays that God would indeed bless His people, so he calls for God to be glorified universally, and His saving power to be universally known (vv.2-5). With the harvest in view, the psalmist looks forward to the Lord’s blessings, and His glory in the farthest regions of the earth (vv.6-7).

Look to God for provision and deliverance; look to His hand of blessing in your hopes and needs. The people of the Lord must depend on the Lord, and truly long for the reign of the Lord to be known across the earth. If you have God’s gracious blessing, you need no one else’s approval. His strength is more than enough.

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