Posted by: Taylor | March 23, 2017

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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