A Season of Psalms - Psalm 67:1-2
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“The gospel came to you because it was heading to someone else.” That’s how author Robby Gallaty begins his book on discipleship entitled Growing Up: How to be a Disciple Who Makes Disciples. He continues: “God never intended for your salvation to be an end, but a beginning. God saved you to be a conduit through whom His glorious, life-changing gospel would flow to others. You are a link in the chain of 2 Timothy 2:2.”
Psalm 67 is Israel’s missionary call. When God called them out of bondage and established them as His royal priesthood, He intended that the nation would have a missionary character. Israel was to be a witness and a testimony to the surrounding nations that there is a God who loves and cares for His creatures. It was not God’s will that Israel be the end of His blessing, but rather the channel through whom His blessings would flow. Israel ultimately failed in her mission when she lapsed into idolatry and denied the very truths she was called on to proclaim.
Are you blessed? How so? Most of us can enumerate several things right away with which we’ve been blessed: a loving spouse, children or grandchildren, a home, peace and security, our church. Here’s one that probably doesn’t make our Top Five: blessed to be a blessing to others. That’s the message of Psalm 67: God blesses His people so that they, in turn, will bless with the express purpose of drawing all people everywhere to God. When God blesses His people, the world will take notice, and through His people salvation will reach to the ends of the earth.
Franz Delitzsch: “For it is the way of God, that all the good He manifests toward His children shall be for the well-being of mankind.” We are blessed when we bless others in Jesus’ name. Go and be a blessing today!
Further Reading: Numbers 6:24-26; Genesis 22:15-19
Pray with me:
Father, thank You for our many blessings. We can count them and name them one by one, each being evidence of Your handiwork in our lives. As you have given me, so I may give to those who need Your touch. Empower me to give encouragement to the discouraged, love to the unlovely, opportunity to the oppressed, and hope to the hopeless. May I be a blessing today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.