Little connecting words are not unimportant! Earlier this month, we read this blessing that Aaron spoke over the people (Numbers 6:25). Now look at Psalm 67:1-4 again-
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
2 that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
Do you see the connection between the BLESSING and the PURPOSE? God shows us mercy and grace and blessing, He shows us Himself (shining His face on us!)…WHY? Verse 2 says it is SO THAT God’s power and way be KNOWN all over the earth, in all people groups. And verse 4 shouts at us- LET THE NATIONS BE GLAD and SING FOR JOY!
For more on this connection between God’s glory and missions, read John Piper’s book, “Let the Nations Be Glad.”
For a glimpse at how God is working in unique ways, for His glory, among remote, unreached people groups, go to Vernacular Video Mission International, vvmi.org