Shine on Us

The time has come where many of us are going back to what used to be. For the most part it is being done cautiously and with many contingency plans in place. We are going back to work, school, church, daycare, sports, etc. I heard the principal/superintendent of Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School on the news last night and this was her sentiment, "We are going to do what we can so we can stay in school all year."


I think that's where most of us are at. Give me some hand sanitizer, a mask, and let's go. But even as we take all of these precautions and the necessary steps to keep from spreading sickness, there is one last thing that we need to remember.


"May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face shine upon us,

that your ways may be known on earth,

your salvation among all nations."

--Psalm 67:1-2


We need to ask God's blessing as we go. This is a similar blessing to the blessing God told Moses to give to the Israelites, however there is one slight variation. The Psalmist here asks God to bless us, His people, in order that He may be known among the nations. That we may be a witness to Him on the earth.


You see, it's not just getting back to school, work, jobs, etc. and not being "Stuck" at home anymore. It is getting back to where we show others to whom we belong, that they may know that in walking with God there is nothing to fear and everything to praise Him for. Listen to the next part of the Psalm:


"May the peoples praise you, O God;

may all the peoples praise you.

May the nations be glad and sing for joy,

for you rule the peoples justly

and guide the nations of the earth.

May the peoples praise you, O God;

may all the peoples praise you."

--Psalm 67:3-5


As the world sees us stepping out in faith, it will draw them to Him. Therefore, let us take these next steps in faith (as we should ALL of our steps) knowing that the Lord God goes with us.


Doug

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