THE POWER AND MIRACLE OF PRAYER
Psalms of Prayer & Praise
Part 48: Psalms 67: There Is Joy In Spreading The Gospel: In This We Pray
In the name of God Master, of the Universe, Ruler of the earth
Editors Note: Many days as I make this on-going conversion I have risen early in the morning hours to mediate and dwell on the Lord. As I have written, I still come to write and think on what I have been led to do. There is joy in seeing something, reading something that helps self see and believe and make this sojourn. In turn as we document as the sages wrote and as the wise take counsel maybe something we have seen will help someone else. Our mission is to carry on the Commission as Jesus planned however we use what gifts we have as the Apostles and those that walked with the Son of the Father have passed on and made the great transition. However we now have the Comforter and also the Book.
Peace be unto you. To the Church (the Church of Christ Jesus the Prophets and Apostles) and believing Christians everywhere. To those that believe in the Bible (the Spirit of God) as the supreme authority that governs all of humankind. In this we give thanks to God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit that leads and guides us the straightway.
There is no doubt that the righteous come to lift up all of humankind in prayer. Thus we pray for our enemies as well as our friends. Often sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between enemies and friends. But God will protect the righteous who move and act with a sincere heart. Follow us now to the 67th Division of Psalms for another word regarding our Brother David.
There are only 7 verses found here as always we suggest that you read and study all 7 verses. We will begin with verse 1 and proceed to verse 2 and 4 for our discussion.
Psalms 67: 1: “God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
We have read consistently that David suffered greatly from the actions of his persecutors and enemies. However all of Israel the nation as a whole was suffering thus he prayed an unselfish prayer for all of God’s people. At II Samuel 24: 17 we see an example of this fact also.
II Samuel 24: 17: “And David spake unto the Lord when he saw the angel that smote the people, and said, Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: but these sheep, what have they done? Let thine hand, I pray thee, be against me, and against my father’s house.”
Here we advise you to also pay close attention to the verse prior to this one and join them together to get the full meaning of what is happening. However for our direct and expressed purposes David was filled with compassion for his people whom he called sheep. He thus took all the blame on himself and asked the Lord to allow the punishment to fall upon him and his house.
At the 6th Chapter of Numbers we also find a blessing as we look at related scriptures regarding our primary verse taken from Psalms 67: 1. The first 21 verses have reference to the Nazarite vows. However our primary verses are 22-26. These scripture have reference to how to bless the people. We will note verses 24-26.
Numbers 6: 24-26: “The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:
“The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:”
“The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
This ancient blessing was a way to ask God’s blessing upon others. We also note here that God spoke to Moses who in turn was to speak to Aaron. We also note this was a benediction that was used by the Israelites. This same benediction is also often used in the church today. However this is the source and the context in which it was first used.
We also find related scripture at Psalms 4: 6, Matthew 5: 6 and Psalms 80: 3, 7, and 19. Repentance means humbling ourselves and turning to God to receive his forgiveness and restoration.
Now back to our primary scripture at Psalms 67.
Psalms 67: 2: “That thy way may be known upon earth thy saving health among all nations.”
The writer now looks in the telescope toward the Great Commission. So here in the Old Testament we see evidence of the love of God and His kindness, goodness and His mercy extended to all people. This is what is noted in “all nations.” (Also see Matthew 28: 18 -20)
For your thought and mediation see the following note on the Great Commission: All nations means every creature see Mark 16: 15. The Mosaic system was given to the Jews only. The Gospel is given to Jews and Gentiles. To teach among all nations mean the ability to speak in every language. Only the Apostles had this ability. This particular Commission does not apply to Preachers today. The Spiritual Gift of Speaking in Tongues has ended. There are no successors to the Apostles.
We also note for your thought and mediation an additional scriptural reference regarding this subject taken from Colossians 1: 23. The Great Commission as noted in Matthew 28: 19-20, Mark 16: 15-16 and Romans 10: 18 has been fulfilled by the Apostles. No uninspired man can preach the Gospel to every creature. There are too many foreign languages. Simply no one cometh today with the ability (Spiritual Gift) to speak in any language among any people that they may visit, witness or preach to. This was reserved for the Apostles. However we still are to bear witness to the Gospel. But the Good News is not spread today as it was spread during the times of the Apostles. Think on these things.
For our final thought return with us to Psalms 67 our primary scripture and verse 4
Psalms 67: 4: “O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shall judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
Let it be written that even the heathen are under Gods control. (See Daniel 4: 17 and 5: 21). Therefore as the lost see the goodness of God they also can enjoy His blessings when they accept the Lord.
Also Psalms 96: 10 and 13. Declare the glory of God. All can be saved the heathens and those that are lost even among many church houses. God is waiting He is longsuffering He has all time but how much time do you have?
Peace and Paradise,
Dr. Carl A. Patton writing for the FreedomJournal Press 21 December 2009 in the year of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.
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