The psalmist was a having a good day when
Psalm 67 was written. Not like the day “My God! My God! Why have you forsaken
me” Psalm 22 was penned. That both praise and lament are sung in the same song
book is a testament to the truth telling of the Psalter for life is both
blessing and bust. There is a tendency in the American mega-denomination to
attribute only glory to God and prosperity to God’s people who invest wisely
and often. But the graciousness of the crucified God is to be present in plenty
and in want, in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy. The blessing of
the crucified God is to shine the light of God’s face into the darkness of our
lives when forsakeness has sapped our strength and doubt overshadowed our hope.
The way of the crucified God and the saving power made known to the nations is
justice for the oppressed, freedom for the captive, good news for the poor.
When the blessing of God is no longer seen as a right for the righteous then equity
among the peoples will be established and the increase of the earth will not be
hoarded or squandered but freely shared. And that will be a good day indeed.