Meditations-Psalm 67:1-4 “God in his holy habitation”

God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us;(v.1)

God as the Father implies the Son as well. Let us consider what this Father Son relationship does to us. As a father he knows our frame”For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust (Ps.103:14)”.He knows how weak we are  and has done something to remedy it and it is what is signified by predestination. “being predestinated according to the purpose of him'(Ep.1:11). He knew how he could change our lowly state and transform us to be holy and without blame in His sight. It is what mercy does.  He illuminated us. “….hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ(2 Co.4:8)”. In the manner his Son lived among us experiencing the same hardships that is common to all, he made us perfect in sight of his Father. It is what grace signifies. Apart from the above we have two verses to indicate our hope which is a living hope so just as God raised his Son we also shall be raised.

God is the Father of all mercies. “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;(2 Co.1:3)”

“(God) according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead(1 Pe.1:3)”.

The notation ‘selah‘ indicates us shift of the idea to what is pendent on the first. Blessings of God are sent from heaven to the earth. God showed mercy from his Holy habitation but what has it produced?”We shall consider a parable of Jesus,”… A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? (Lk.13:6-7) Optimum utilization and greatest good are touchstone of divine Justice. God created animals birds,- and every living thing holds its place and divine Will would have Adam as a steward over all.”So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them(Ge.1:27)”. Man in his image holds two ideas. Association of God and Man in terms of Father and Son. For this reason we find in the Lucan genealogy Adam is the son of God (Lk.3:38) The Spirit intended him as a representational symbol of Jesus Christ. The secondary meaning is in terms of the Body as distinct from God the Spirit. Symbol of a body prepared before the worlds began entail physical aspect of the Son of man. Adam as steward of God was placed by God as substitute. This association was in terms of creature comforts between man and other creatures.

So when God tells the man and woman to have dominion the significance was parallel to God in his holy habitation. Man on the earth made the blessings from above add a qualitative change in other creatures. ( “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (v,28) )”.

The Parable of the Talents indicates the Lord calling his servants to give an account of the talents entrusted with them. The backstory of divine mercy is judgment. It is what vv.2-4 reveal to us.

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”.

 

 

 

 

 

About bennythomas

I am a Dutch citizen. An architect by profession I am married and have six grandchildren. I am still keen on expressing myself and each day is new and an occasion where I might bring out from within something worthwhile.
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