A couple of Saturdays ago, our International Committee had a day away to think and dream about the future --- how can all of us involved in SU Scotland be even more aware of God’s world? How can we best promote the needs of other SU movements across the globe? What is God calling us to in the coming 3-5 years?

The day started with Derek Clark encouraging us to reflect on Psalm 67 and that helped set the tone for the whole day. It is such a powerful Psalm, leading us to a global vision of God’s concern --- ‘May the nations be glad’.

Psalm 67

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us------ 2 so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.

3 May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you. 4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth. 5 May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.

6 The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. 7 May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Here are some very rough reflections I noted down on the day. But really, allow the Psalm to speak to you directly.

 

The Lord's face shines on us.

‘Lord, your face could be turned from us or you could be looking at us severely, with condemning eyes that we did not want to meet. But you face shines on us. Lord, it makes me think; when do faces ‘shine’? Our faces shine when we are proud of the person we are looking at, when we are delighted by them, full of warmth and love. Can that be how you feel about us? Thank you, Lord, that this is what it says in your word’.

But the shining face is not just for comfort and joy as an end point. It is missional…’so that…’(v2).

‘Lord, you want the world to discover your smiling face. Nations that are in turmoil, nations trapped in idolatry and dead-ended-ness. You want them to find gladness and joy in you and through us. Please give us that universal vision. You deserve the praise of all, it is your right. Help us play our part in making your love known and bringing others to fear you, giving you your proper place in their lives’.

If you want to follow-up the idea, have a look at the idea of the shining face of Moses and our unveiled faces reflecting the glory in 2 Corinthians 3 especially verses 17,18.

Andy Bathgate

Andy has been CEO of SU Scotland since 2001. When he's not busy with us, you'll find him playing with his grandsons or in an art gallery with his wife.