2 Then those living on earth will know what you are like; all nations will know how you deliver your people.
3 Let the nations thank you, O God! Let all the nations thank you!
4 Let foreigners rejoice and celebrate! For you execute justice among the nations, and govern the people living on earth. (Selah)
5 Let the nations thank you, O God! Let all the nations thank you!
O (Observation): The psalmist recognizes that the nations will know God through the way God interacts with God’s people. As God dishes out justice, the nations will look on in wonder, to see how God’s acts of deliverance are true.
A (Application): I believe the same can be said for us today, as well. Christians, ideally, will seek out God’s justice and grace as given in Jesus Christ.
How will the world know of Christ? Through me, unfortunately. (Someone told me that was a Luther quote…but I don’t know where he might have said such.)
Our call is not just to be saved, but to take that fact that we are saved and make it known to the world in how we love and forgive one another.
Our time spent in devotion, in communion with God, will shape us to live as if Jesus came to this earth as any one of us. The Spirit guides us, and others see that in us.
We are examples…not perfect examples…but living examples, nonetheless.
P (Prayer): Lord, lift me up that I might be a light in the darkness, shining your grace and live to the whole world. Amen.