A couple of days each week, I take an hour or so and do a topical study in the Word. Right now, these studies are focused on passages that deal with the Fear of the Lord. Even more specifically, the past couple of days the study has been from Psalm 67.
This is a beautiful Psalm. It talks about the blessings of God on a nation of people who serve Him. Yet, there’s something even deeper (and obvious) in the chapter.
Here is the chapter from the NIV:
May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth and your salvation among all nations.
May the people praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you.
Then the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear him.
Wow! This Psalm is packed with awesomeness!!
A couple of things that jumped out at me as I studied it were:
- God’s blessing on the harvest is conditional on our praise for Him. As a result of our praise, God’s blessing increases. It’s cyclical, and it is that way for a reason.
- The emphasis that the Psalmist has on nations beyond Israel (God’s people) praising God (whom they don’t serve).
So, to answer the questions posed in the title, why?
God blesses His people because God has a global heart.
God cares about the entire world.
The whole thing.
Even those countries that arrest people for speaking His name.
God blesses His people, so that His people can/will go and bless others. God gives, so that we can give.
Fundamental to this is the understanding that nothing you have is yours. It’s all God’s. It was merely given to you for you to give away. And as you give, more is given to you to give away.
As we — who are blessed — take the message of God and His desire to enlarge the harvest to the world, the world begins to learn the Fear of the Lord. The world begins to worship the Lord. And the Lord begins to bless them. So, that they can take the message to others.
God’s heart is global.
We share blessing.
People fear Him.
They share blessing.
In my study I came across this video of Psalm 67 set to music by a group called The Sons of Korah. Enjoy.