“God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us; Selah.” Psalm 67:1 (KJV)
Mercy and blessing is what the world needs today. Mercy and blessing is what the Lord has given us. Many will curse that last sentence because they curse God and all that He has said; all that He has done; and all that He is doing.
The Psalmist in praying this prayer may have the one big event in mind. The coming of His Son; our Saviour into the world. The greatest show of mercy from God toward the world was the sending of Jesus Christ, Son of God into the world to be propitiation for our sin.
The sinless Son of God became sin (2 Corinthians 5:21), took the judgment of God; and when we by faith look to Him He makes us the righteousness of God. Now what could be more merciful than that? What could be more gracious than that?
When we trust Jesus as our Lord and Saviour the face of God shines upon us and within us. “Selah” I always view this word as being a word to tell us “Pause and think on this for a while”. Rejoice in the grace and mercy of God today and always.