May God Be Gracious to Us and Bless Us

Written by Tony Anderson

Psalm 67:1-7: May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations. May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Jesus said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” So, the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed. (Mark 5:19-20)

We all know someone who is proud of their achievements. They are boastful of their deeds. Some boast of their good deeds. The reward is as Jesus said “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (Matt. 6:1)

Jesus said “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” (Luke 8:39, Mat 7:11) God gives gifts for His Glory. Sometimes what seemed at the time to be tragedy, turned out to help me know Him better and love Him more. His wonderful love endures forever. Most of all, when I failed to be all he made me to be, He has been gracious and forgiving and has restored me into His fellowship as His beloved child. God is good.

Prayer: “Father God, you are the Giver. The one that gives good gifts eternally. Increase my faith and keep me from ever doubting you and your goodness. I see your handiwork in all your creation, I stand in awe of your greatness and majesty.  Realizing again just how small I am. When I begin to be proud of what I think I have done or become, I am reminded that it is all by your grace and not my own doing. Thank You Father!! In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”

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