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Happy is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage.

The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all humankind. From where he sits enthroned he watches all the inhabitants of the earth— he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. A king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save.

Truly the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, to deliver their soul from death and to keep them alive in famine.

Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield. Our heart is glad in him because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. ~ Psalm 33:12-22



What is the breadth of God's power? Of God's sight? Of God's love?


How does God accomplish that love?


This Psalm moves from the particular - God's nation, God's people Israel - to the general: the ends of the earth. To all of humankind.


We are told by scripture that the Hebrew people and their nation were God's chosen: chosen as God's heritage. But what did that mean?


In Genesis 12 we get the answer. God tells Abram:


"I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."


Through you, everyone gets blessed.


That's the mission of God's people: to be a blessing to the nations. Through that, God's love is moved from person to person, group to group, nation to nation.


From me to you and you to them and beyond.


Holy One, guide me to be a blessing to all people: to love as you love, and to serve as you serve. Amen



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