God wants to bless you so that you can be a blessing to those who do not know Jesus. One of the most powerful Psalms (and a personal favorite of mine) is Psalm 67. “God be merciful to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.” (Psalm 67:1-2)
While Psalm 67 presents a prayer for blessing and salvation, it is more than that. This is a reformer’s prayer. The psalmist wants the blessing of God to teach the nations the ways of God.
In Psalm 103:7, we see that the Lord “made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.” Moses had the wisdom to know God’s heart — not just His acts and miracles — in the wilderness. God wants His people to show the world how to do life according to His ways.
How do you have a great marriage according to God’s ways? How do you run a business with integrity? How do you govern a nation or city without corruption and compromise?
You can show the ways of God only if you are walking in His ways and living out this blessing. The world is asking these questions, and the Bible prophesies that one day the nations will seek His ways through God’s house, His people (Isaiah 2:2-3).
Answer the Call to Disciple Nations
In Psalm 67, the writer asks for God’s blessing on His people so that they, in turn, can disciple the nations. The psalmist concludes that this blessing will cause the nations to fear Him: “God shall bless us, and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him” (Psalm 67:7). Thus the divine blessing will spread the fear of the Lord to people groups all over the globe.
What kind of blessings in your life will cause the nations — the world — to end up reverencing and fearing God? Right now, for the most part, unbelievers among the nations do not fear God on account of seeing the blessing of God manifested in His Church.
What does such a blessing look like, that brings the nations to come to know Jesus, know His ways and, at the very least, fear and respect God and His people? Here’s a hint: It’s more than just financial.
Extreme blessings manifested in your life will bring all of this to pass. Get ready for God’s radical blessings!
In my book God Wants to Bless You! I share the Ten Decrees of Blessing that will help you see what this blessing looks like and, more importantly, walk out this blessing in your life.
God bless you and cause His face to shine on you!