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October 28, 2008

Chapter-a-Day Psalm 67

God, mark us with grace and blessing! Psalm 67:1a (MSG)

Ever since I was a kid, I've noticed that there are people who are "marked" by a particular attribute. John was marked by his success at anything he did or tried. Troy was marked by trouble that plagued him wherever he went. Kathleen was marked by sullen depression which contrasted sharply with all that she had going for her had she been able to see it. Phil was marked by his MacGyver-like mechanical abilities. Give Phil a swiss army knife and some duct tape and he could fix a nuclear reactor. Elizabeth was marked by her sweet spirit and her refusal to think or say anything bad about anyone. Joy, strangely enough, was marked by her judgemental and critical spirit.

When Psalm 67 begs "mark us with your blessing", the psalmist is asking God to be blessed in such a way that everyone takes notice, and it leads them to give the credit where the credit is due.

When people look at me, when they observe me from a distance, what do they say "marks" me?


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I loved your line of thinking this morning, Tom. I too ask the same question.

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