MARKED WITH GRACE

Psalms – Prayers of Honesty and Praise

Psalm 67 price checkHow inconvenient it is shop for an item that most stores do not have. It is special to you for a specific reason. So the hunt goes on. It is hard to find but it is worth looking for in all the places you visit. When you finally find it, you shriek with joy, “Yes, it is here!”

But it is not marked with a price. Ugh, so you look around for a store worker to give you the price. I use professional lingo when I ask for a price, “Do you have one of those clicker thingys so I can get a price on this?” They understand, especially if they are female. It pays to speak their language. They click the bar code with no resulting price. They shake the price thingy then try again. (Um, yes they do. Every time.) No price value is available. You really want it, so they search the computer inventory base to find something like it so they can access value. Not there. There is nothing like it.

So the next step includes going together to find a manager, the top dog, at least for that time period. We tell him we need a price for our special item. He responds, “I have no idea, I’ve never seen that before. I don’t think we sell that.” I’m thinking, “Um, I found it in your store”. But, I ask him what do you think it is worth. It is the only one. He gives me what he thinks it is worth and I purchase it for that price for it is special only to me.

Psalm 67 beautyWe are the special item sought by God, Himself! (Stick with me here for a bit.) We are like no other item. We are like no other human. We are all created uniquely different by God who loves us and already knows our value. He knows the price for our soul well and does not have to search out our value on a clicker thingy. Psalm 67 markedOnce found, he marks us with a valuable price of mercy that no one else can afford to pay. He marks us with grace that leads to blessing and inheritance. That price can only be paid with the currency called Sacrifice. It is paid in full by Jesus Christ, God’s Son who laid down the price for our purchase. Wow. Amazing love, how can it be?

 

Psalm 67, The Message

Psalm 67 marked by grace1-7 God, mark us with grace
and blessing! Smile!
The whole country will see how you work,
all the godless nations see how you save.
God! Let people thank and enjoy you.
Let all people thank and enjoy you.
Let all far-flung people become happy
and shout their happiness because
You judge them fair and square,
you tend the far-flung peoples.
God! Let people thank and enjoy you.
Let all people thank and enjoy you.
Earth, display your exuberance!
You mark us with blessing, O God, our God.
You mark us with blessing, O God.
Earth’s four corners—honor him!

SOMETHING TO CHEW…

Psalm 67 blessings of FatherWe are under the curse of sin since Adam, but we can ask Jesus to take my curse and give me His blessing. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curses for us…” (Galatians 3:13) Our pastor put it this way, “Jesus dressed like us so we could dress like Him.” Jesus paid it all.

 

Galatians 3:26, 29 “In Christ Jesus you are all called through faith, if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

We are marked with grace. We are blessed to be blessings back to God and to each other. Blessings from God to us shape and mold our souls to be all He intended for us to be and do. A blessing is an accurate spiritual discernment of who God made me to be. A blessing is an empowering affirmation to do what He asks me to do.

We all have infinite value in the eyes of our Creator, God, our Father. He looks at us like He looks at Jesus when we accept the gift of being made righteous by the Sacrifice of the first born…Jesus Christ. (Revelation 1:5)

psalm-67-all-because-of-christ.jpgWe are all desperate for blessing. We are all desperate to know our worth and value. Actually, we are all desperate for Christ.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.” (John 3, NIV)

HEART CHECK:

What is your value and worth? Is it tied up in what you can give or what God has given to you?

What is your price?

Do we “price check” others?

Psalm 67 smileDear Heavenly Father,
You are amazing. You are the final answer that tells the world of our “price” and worth. Thank you, God for sending your Son to pay the price for me. Thank you marking us with grace and mercy. Thank you for marking us with your love. Thank you for blessings upon blessings in this world so that the world may know You, too. Thank you for the inheritance of being a part of your Kingdom forever and ever, as your “first born” with Christ.  YOU make us smile!
In Jesus Name, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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