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May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us,
that your way may be known upon 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, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him. (Psalm 67)
May this be part of the long prayer we need to pray today: "May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us." The prayer goes on, and we will add to it throughout the day, but the focus should be on God, not us. The very first part of the prayer says that God has been, and can be, and truly is, gracious to us, and certainly God has blessed us, and His face does shine upon those who seek it, but it is a part of the entire process; salvation among all people, and after salvation, praise, praise, praise!
Our praise should be in song, in words, in actions, and in thoughts; gladness should be exuding from our very being, for God has seen fit to call us into a loving, trusting, growing relationship with Him. May it be seen as too inviting to pass up on, and too available not to say yes to God.
The best way to bless God is to be a blessing to others in God's name.
PRAYER: Loving God, let me bless You. In Christ I pray, amen.
Have a great and blessed day in the Lord!
Prayer Updates: Pastor Dale White was blessed with a good outcome in his heart cath; he was able to go home yesterday. The doctor discovered that he does have some blockage but the body figured out a way to do its own bypass. Hmm. God be praised!