Sep 7th 2021 · Day 250
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Let’s look at the first two verses of Psalm 67.
‘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.’
The psalmist asks for blessing so that God’s ways ‘may be known’. He is saying, in effect, ‘Bless me, so that I might glorify You; bless me so that I might show Your power, Your love, Your majesty, Your goodness to all nations.’
So, God blesses us so that we might bring glory to Him. God aims to glorify Himself among all nations, all the peoples. Revelation 7:9 says, ‘… I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb … crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”’
Perhaps you are thinking, ‘By saying that blessings are for the glory of God, aren’t you downplaying the importance of meeting real human needs?’
The truth is, humanity’s greatest need is for a saviour; we cannot make ourselves right with God. We cannot restore our broken relationship with God – or anyone else’s – by doing good deeds alone. Good deeds and kind acts should flow, though, from a heart filled with gratitude when we understand what Christ has done for us on the cross. When we show this compassion and love for others, we are showing them the heart of Jesus; and inviting them to follow Him too.
Pause and reflect: God blesses us so we have the means to reach out to the nations with acts of kindness; in this way, God will be glorified for all eternity. How does this challenge and encourage you?
Peter serves as chaplain to The Voice Asia, a multimedia ministry targeting non-Christian Asians. He is also chaplain of the International Motors Group and missions pastor at Victory Church. He is passionate about being a channel of God’s blessing wherever he goes. Follow him on Twitter @PastorDelBoy
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