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Today’s Devotional – January 8, 2016- “Shine On Us O Lord” – Psalm 67: 1- 7

Today in History

1598 – All Jews were expelled from Genoa Italy.

1790 – George Washington delivered the first “State of the Union” address to Congress.

1798 – The 11th Amendment ratified, limiting suits against states by non-citizens of that             state.

1800 – In London, the first soup kitchens were opened for the relief of the poor.

1806 – The Lewis & Clark Expedition found a skeleton of 105′ blue whale in Oregon.

1838 – The first telegraph message was sent using dots & dashes, in New Jersey.

1889 – Dr Herman Hollerith received the first US patent for a tabulating machine. (1st computer)

1918 – Mississippi became the first state to ratify the 18th amendment. (prohibition)

1925 – The first all-female US state supreme court was appointed in Texas.

1956 – In Ecuador, Plymouth Brethren missionaries Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully and Pete Fleming were killed by the Auca Indians, while   attempting to evangelize their tribe.

1958 – Cuban revolutionary forces captured Havana. (Castro who was supported by the            US)

1964 – President Lyndon B Johnson declared “War on Poverty” Johnson believed in expanding the federal government’s roles in education and health care as   poverty reduction strategies. These policies can also be seen as a continuation of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, which ran from 1933 to 1935, and the Four Freedoms of 1941. Johnson stated “Our aim is not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it”.

1974 – Gold hit a record of $126.50 an ounce in London. (Today $ 1,105.05)

1974 – Silver hit a record $3.40 an ounce in New York (Today $14.10)

1979 – American Presbyterian apologist Francis Schaeffer wrote in a letter: “A     Christian is a person who has the possibility of innumerable new starts.”

1992 – President George Bush got sick and vomited on the Japanese prime minister’s lap during a Japanese tour.

Psalm 67: 1-7

“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah,

That your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.

Let the people praise you, O God; let all the people praise you!

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the people with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah

Let the people praise you, O God; let all the people 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!”

At first glance this is but a simple song of praise to God. But in essence, it is a Song of praise and a prayer to praise and express the confidence of the writer in the grace and mercy of God. It is very similar to what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer.

The Psalmist first asks that God be gracious to us and bless. Grace is God giving us that which we don’t deserve. And because of depravity of Adam that reigns in our lives from birth to death, we deserve no blessing at all from God. He further asks God to make His face to shine upon us that is to reveal His presence to us. In the darkest place upon the earth God in His grace continually revealed to every man. David writes, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament is showing his handiwork. Day unto day it speaks, and night unto night it demonstrates its knowledge. There is no speech or language, where their voice is not heard.” (Psalm 19:1-3) No Language or speech where man cannot comprehend that there is a God. Then Paul tells the Romans, “Because that which may be known of God is seen in them; for God hath showed it to them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” (Romans 1:19-20) God graciously reveals Himself to all men everywhere, heathen, rich or poor, the evidence of God is clearly seen to those that desire to worship Him.

The purpose of His revelation to men is so that men can be saved. The natural outcome of genuine salvation by the grace of God is praise for His incomprehensible work of mercy and grace. Mercy is of course God holding back that which we really deserve and have earned. “For the wages which sin pays is death, but the [bountiful] free gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)

Twice in this short psalm we again find the word Selah! Although the message of the song is short it is worthy to bring a time of meditation and thought to the minds and hearts of those who have been blessed by the grace and mercy of God. We can consider with the Psalmist, “Stop and consider this marvelous work!”

“In loving kindness Jesus came, My soul in mercy to reclaim,

And from the depths of sin and shame Thro’ grace He lifted me.


He called me long before I heard, Before my sinful heart was stirred;

But when I took Him at His word, Forgiven He lifted me.


His brow was pierced with many a thorn, His hands by cruel nails were torn,

When from my guilt and grief, forlorn, In love He lifted me.


Now on a higher plane I dwell, And with my soul I know ’tis well;

Yet how or why, I cannot tell, He should have lifted me.



From sinking sand He lifted me; With tender hand He lifted me;

From shades of night to plains of light, O praise His Name, He lifted me!

Are singing the praises of His marvelous grace??

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