A Daily Prayer

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

Psalm 67:1

The Psalms are unlike any other book in the Bible.  Instead of narrative (Genesis, Acts, etc.), a biography (Ruth, Job, Jonah, etc.), a letter (Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, etc.), a prophecy (Isaiah, Ezekiel, Revelation, etc.), or a collection of wise sayings (Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, etc.), the Psalms in a collection of poems and songs.  Even those who are not Christians are familiar with the Psalms, especially the “famous” ones like Psalm 23, 37 and 119.  The Psalms are famous, familiar, and popular for a reason.  They are very uplifting, encouraging and helpful.

This verse gives us a great prayer for each day.  “God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us.”  Those are the things that we need and want every single day.  We want (and need) God to be merciful unto us.  We want (and need) God to bless us.  We want (and need) God’s face to shine on us every day.  The Psalmist here gives us a very concise, yet also very deep and profound prayer.

Some people like to have plaques of verses or pictures with verses on them around their homes.  I think that is a good and Scriptural practice.  This would be a perfect verse for one of those plaques or pictures.  Maybe we can remember this Psalm from day to day and use it daily.  This is a prayer that we could definitely pray every day.  The verse ends with “Selah.”  Stop and think about that.  When we do pray this verse, let us stop and consider all that it means.

“God be merciful unto us, and bless us, and cause his face to shine upon us.”  Amen to that.

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