Friday, September 2, 2011

A Missional Psalm

I was reading Psalm 67 this week, and noticed that it is a poem about missional living.
1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
2 that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
5 Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
6 The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, shall bless us.
7 God shall bless us;
let all the ends of the earth fear him!
Psalm 67 - ESVBible.org:

The term "missional" is a popular buzzword in some circles, and I am not usually a fan of buzzwords, because they can easily lose meaning. Basically, to be missional is to live in an intentionally outwardly focused way, based on a conviction and consciousness of joining God in the the work and mission of reconciliation and redemption in this world.

This psalmist ask God to bless him, not just for his own benefit, but so that God's ways will be know on earth and so that all the people will praise Him  His focus is on "all nations," "the peoples," and " all the ends of the earth."

Do you pray like that? Do I?