Day 9 – Psalm 67 – The Purpose of God’s Blessing

I. Read Psalm 67.

God be gracious to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us—Selah.
That Your way may be known on the earth,
Your salvation 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 will judge the peoples with uprightness
And guide the nations on the earth. Selah.
Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
The earth has yielded its produce;
God, our God, blesses us.
God blesses us,
That all the ends of the earth may fear Him. (NASB)

Introduction – Have you ever listened to a songwriter explain the background of a song that you enjoy? This Psalm has a background. The Psalmist is reflecting on one of the great themes in the promise God made to Abraham. God not only promised Abraham a Land and a Seed, but that somehow “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:3). Psalm 67 makes a prayerful praise song from this. It explains the reason that blesses his people: [In order] “that Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. The overflow of Israel’s blessings is to the nations. This has been on God’s heart since Genesis 12. The good puritan Matthew Henry rightly draws out three truths intended from this. We are blessed: 1) That divine revelation might be sent among [the nations]. 2) That divine worship may be set up among [the nations]. 3) That the divine government may be acknowledged and cheerfully submitted to [among the nations]. “Let the nations be glad!” Missions exists because worship doesn’t (says John Piper). Blessings to us exist so that missions should. God provides us with blessings so that we can proclaim the goodness of God to those who do not yet share in that goodness. So why has God blessed you, “God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him” (v7).

In your own words, respond to the questions:

  1. What are several blessings God has given to you?
  2. What kinds of blessings has God given to your community, your church, your home?
  3. What blessings do you think the Lord desires to extend to other nations and ethnic groups you know about?
  4. Can you think of any ways you can support such opportunities to send forth blessings to others? List some missions efforts that you could include for prayer or financial support. Ask God to lead you and help you grow in missions.

II. Pray Psalm 67. Write out a short prayer expressing your response to this Psalm.

III. Sing Psalm 67. Worship by expressing your soul through music.

About Gregg Strawbridge

Rev. Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D. is the pastor of All Saints Church (CREC) in Lancaster, PA.
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