Saturday, September 5, 2020
“God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah” (Psalm 67:1 KJV).
For the next several days, let us study Psalm 67 and see how it is but a small glimpse into the future.
Dear friends, it is so unfortunate, but it is far from being a secret. The Book of Psalms is one portion of Scripture that has been, and is still being, terribly abused (an understatement if there ever was one!). Church tradition has trained its readers through the centuries to make the Psalms part of the Dispensation of Grace—and they have done so to their own spiritual destruction. Since we have not handled the Bible dispensationally, the sense of its passages has been dimmed or wholly obscured. The common (mis)understanding of Psalms is just one of many examples of resultant confusion abounding in churches everywhere.
Read today’s Scripture in its context: “[To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song.]  God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.  That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.  Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.  O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.  Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.  Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.  God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.”
Are not people begging for God’s mercy here? Do we not know they are asking for His blessings? Is He not hiding His face from them? Yes, yes, yes! Exactly what has happened here? Does that mean we should also ask for God’s mercy and blessings? Will God hide His face from us? We can force these verses on ourselves, but we would do so to our own perplexity and ruin. Far better it is if we let the Psalm sit in its dispensational context, and all our doubts and fears will be dispelled….
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