Psalm 67 today. It echoes one of the most important verses in all of the Bible: Genesis 12:1-3. After the Fall of creation (Genesis 3), as sin revealed itself in murder (Cain and Abel), nature gone awry (the Flood—Genesis 5-9), and gross human pride, arrogance and rebellion against God (Genesis 11: the tower of Babel), God’s plan of redemption began. He called Abraham out of present day Iraq to form a nation through which God would eventually bring his Messiah to save the world (interesting irony: the Jews began with a man from Iraq!). In Genesis 12:1-3, God enters into a covenant with Abraham and says this nation he will form through him will be greatly blessed SO THAT all the nations of the earth will be blessed. They will be greatly blessed by God to be a blessing. Psalm 67 repeats this covenant through a psalm of praise. Look at verses 1,2:
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.” This same idea is repeated in the final two verses of this psalm (vss 6,7). In between is the cry of the Psalmist that all the nations everywhere praise God, sing for joy, for who God is and how he rules the world with equity and justice.
But my point here today is to encourage all of us to claim for ourselves the covenant God made with Abraham and the Jews. We should pray, believe and expect God’s blessing and favor upon our lives. We should hunger for his face to shine upon us, to know his presence and power every day. But this blessing, favor and presence is not something to be hoarded. It is not to be held closely to our vest alone. No, not at all. Here is the heart of the covenant, for Abraham and us today: WE ARE BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING! Whatever ways God gives us his blessing, favor and presence, we are to use it to bless the others. We live in a great SO THAT. We receive from God SO THAT we can bless others.
Is this you today? How are you using all God’s blessings in your life to bless others? If you’re doing it, it should create a psalm of praise in your heart. You are then right smack dab in the middle of the will of God for your life.
Have a great, wonderful day today. And find one way, just one way, to bless someone else today with a blessing/favor that God has given to you.