Psalm 67 – A New Perspective on God’s Blessing

Psalm 67

1 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.

I often hear the expression, “I’m blessed” or “God has blessed me” or “Blessed to be a blessing!”  But, what does this mean?  Why and how are we blessed?

Genesis 1:28 records God’s first blessing to Adam and Eve.  In that blessing, God installs man as the ruler, keeper, and steward of creation.  God intended for Adam and Eve to care for and bless His creation with their conservatorship.  God blessed them so that they might bless others.

In Genesis 12:1-3, we again see God blessing an individual family, Abraham’s family.  God promised to bless Abraham and his descendants.  Further, He promises to bless those who bless Abraham, and curse those who curse Abraham.

Finally, God states, “and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”  Again, we see here God’s design for blessing a people is for them to share God’s blessing with others.

But, what does the blessing of God look like?  Look at our passage above.  The psalmist asks for God to be gracious and “make His face shine upon us.”

This expression, “make His face shine upon us,” speaks of acceptance and community.  To be blessed by God means that God has accepted us and welcomed us into community with Himself.  Wow!  Now that’s what I call a blessing!

What then is the purpose of God’s blessing?  Look again at verse 2.

 2 that your way may be known on earth,

    your saving power among all nations.

God blesses us so that He might be known on the earth, and that His saving power would be known among all the nations.  God blesses us so that we might bless others with the knowledge of God and His salvation.  Allow me to state this again,

God blesses us so that we might bless others 

with the knowledge of God and His salvation.

God’s blessing is not for our private enjoyment.  It is meant to be shared.  It is not for our individual advancement.  He has extravagantly blessed us so that we might use every physical, material, financial, and spiritual blessing to make Him and His salvation known among the nations.

Read the rest of Psalm 67.

1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!

The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us;
let all the ends of the earth fear him!

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy as they hear of God’s excellent beauty, majesty, and grace!  Let all the peoples of the earth praise the Lord!  Praise His name!

Be a blessing today and make God and His salvation known.

SDG,

Taylor

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Where Would You Be without God? A Reflection Upon Psalm 124

Where would you be without God?

Do you contemplate this question?  How often?  When?

So often in our lives, our thoughts are better reflected in another thought, “God, if only You had…”

But, in this thought we forget God’s grace, mercy, and continual presence.  We overlook where we would be without God.

Read Psalm 124 and reflect on God’s presence in you life.

(English Standard Version)

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

124 If it had not been the Lord who was on our side—
let Israel now say—
if it had not been the Lord who was on our side
when people rose up against us,
then they would have swallowed us up alive,
when their anger was kindled against us;
then the flood would have swept us away,
the torrent would have gone over us;
then over us would have gone
the raging waters.

Blessed be the Lord,
who has not given us
as prey to their teeth!
We have escaped like a bird
from the snare of the fowlers;
the snare is broken,
and we have escaped!

Our help is in the name of the Lord,
who made heaven and earth.

Where would you be without God today?  Take time today and contemplate the goodness of God’s presence in your life, and say with the Israelites of old, “If it had not been the Lord who was on our side…”

Let God be praised in your life and the life of your family.  Put yourself in the Psalm this week and pray these words of praise back to God for all He has done.

SDG,

Taylor

Can God Trust You with Pain and Suffering? Devotional Thoughts on John 11:5-6

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So, when he heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. 
~ John 11:5-6 ~

Why did Jesus wait two days before leaving to check on Lazarus?  This is a reasonable question.  According to John 11:5-6, Jesus stayed two more days because He loved Martha, Mary, and Lazarus.

Look at these verses again.  It plainly states that Jesus loved this family, and because of His love for them, He waited two more days.

Why?  How is waiting two more days loving?  How is someone dying loving?  How is prolonged suffering loving?

It was loving because what Jesus had planned for this family was so much better than what they wanted.

They wanted immediate and temporary healing.  But Jesus gave them a glimpse of eternal life.  They wanted Jesus their friend.  But Jesus allowed them to see the face of God.  They wanted to escape death.  But Jesus conquered death.

Martha and Mary wanted Jesus to come and heal Lazarus so he would not die.  But because Jesus loved them, He waited two more days.  Waiting was the loving thing to do.  If He had healed Lazarus instead of waiting, they would have never seen or experienced the Living God.

Count yourself blessed when God trusts you with pain and suffering.  It means He wants you to know Him more…