Thought for the Day

 

GOD’S EXTENDED BLESSING

 

Psalm 67:1-2  (New American Standard Bible)

God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us—

Selah.  2That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations.”

 

 God delights in blessing his people. He has constantly declared his desire to bless us all through his covenant commitments to Israel. (Genesis 12:2) In the new Covenant he promises to bless us and turn us away from our iniquities. (Acts 3:25-26)

 

You may have heard teaching that God will bless anyone regardless of his or her relationship with him. Not True! His Word does not support that doctrine. Abraham was faithful to God. God blessed him.  He explicitly states that his blessing is available to the descendents of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. (Israel) (Genesis 26:24) Yes, the entire House of Israel is blessed because Abraham was faithful.

 

We are his special people. We were personally chosen to receive of his unlimited favor. Many might ridicule us for making such a statement. We often hear that God treats all humanity the same. Again, Not true. The covenant was given to Abraham and his descendants.

 

His blessing is conditional. There is a requirement on our part.  We must listen to Him, do righteously and obey his statutes. (Exodus 15:26) Each of the Covenants, the Old and New Testaments, require us to obey the commandments and directives of his Word. Transgression of his word is sin. (1 John 3:4) We are able to do this by living in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Redeemer. God looks upon us as clean and pure if we have been redeemed through the atonement that Jesus provides.

 

Notice the reason that the Psalmist prayed as he did. He prays “Bless your people that You (God) and your salvation might be known throughout the whole world. What an awesome privilege!

 

When we are blessed, the glory of God and his Salvation is revealed to the whole world.

People in every nation can see the benefits of serving Him.

 

He wants us to be a living example of a happy and victorious people. We are heirs of God and Joint heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:17). What a privilege it is to serve our Heavenly Father and reflect his glory and blessing to others. We are beacon light for those who are blind to his love and promises. We are indeed God’s extended blessing through out the world. Let us rejoice and praise Him with all of our heart.

 

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you for blessing me! I want to live uprightly for you.   Help me to live before others as a reflection of you. I want those among the nations to see your glory and salvation through me. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.