In Your Bible: Psalm 67:1
You probably have heard the first verse of Psalm 67 as a doxology at the end of a church service. The entire Psalm is uplifting for the believer. Some Bible commentators* say this prophecy tells what God plans to do for all nations through Jesus Christ. To him be glory, majesty, and dominion forever.
God be merciful to us and bless us (Psalm 67:1a NKJV).
The first link in the chain of mercies that believers receive is forgiveness of sin. Therefore, it’s the foundational attribute in salvation. The plea, addressed to the God of mercy, implies the death of all legal hopes or claims of merit. Yes, salvation is the best gift from our eternal God. Selah.
It would be difficult to ascribe this psalm to anyone except David, who makes his plea for believers (“us” instead of me). Because it is prophetic,
it is a prayer for Israel and spiritually a prayer for the Christian church.
Face to Shine on Us
And cause His face to shine upon us, Selah (Psalm 67:1b NKJV).
As God grants us his presence, we embrace and discover his love, come into communion with him through Jesus Christ, and grow in grace with him. He will cause his face to shine upon us. To him be glory, majesty, and dominion forever.
Prayer: Father, what a wonder you are. You are a blaze of glory. I long to see you face to face.
* Commentaries from Charles Spurgeon, Matthew Henry, and John Gill, Psalm 67:1, christianity.com.