Words from the Heart for Sunday June 25th, 2017
May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.
Psalm 67:1 (NLT)
May God be Merciful
Every child has the longing to be noticed by those who matter to him. He longs to please and feel the security of their pleasure. Many families have not provided that for children. Even schools can be an atmosphere where the child may feel that he can never measure up. However, our Heavenly Father knows exactly how we are made. He shows us that we are the recipients of both His mercy and His blessing. His smile of favour makes us fruitful.
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. Sir Charles Tupper was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia on July 2, 1821 and when he died 94 years later, he was the last surviving Father of Confederation. Tupper was a medical doctor and became president of the Canadian Medical Association. He entered politics in the Nova Scotia assembly in 1855 and became premier. In 1867, he was elected to the federal parliament, serving in various cabinet posts and as Canadian high commissioner to the United Kingdom. Tupper served as Canada’s 6th Prime Minister very briefly – from May 1 to July 8, 1896 – when an election was held and Tupper and his Conservatives lost to Laurier and the Liberals. Tupper remained as the leader of the Opposition until 1900.
The purpose of evangelism and missions is to share the Gospel with all peoples everywhere in order that the Holy Spirit might draw them into a transformational relationship with Jesus Christ. But the ultimate goal is to create people from every nation, tribe and tongue who are worshippers of the One True God. We tend to think of this as a New Testament principle and certainly the New Testament does teach this. The book of Revelation speaks to this. But the Old Testament introduces this in a number of places, including powerfully in Psalm 67. That Psalm 67 begins with these words: “May God be merciful and bless us. May his face smile with favor on us.” The Psalm goes on to speak about the people praising God, the nations being glad and singing for joy. But it begins with God’s mercy. Our salvation begins with grace, God’s love that is expressed in the free gift of forgiveness and redemption that He offers to those who trust Him. David lived before Jesus stepped onto this planet. Those of us who live on this side of the cross understand the length and depth of God’s mercy. It was expressed in Jesus’ substitutionary death on the cross. Those of us who have been brought into his grace are the true praisers of God. And we come from every nation on earth. David’s prayer and longing has come to pass.
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’