Tag: Psalms 67-72

Blessed–to be a blessing!

Scripture reading for June 15: Psalms 67-72

God delights in blessing his people!  The Aaronic blessing begins Psalm 67 as a prayer.  God blessing means that He lavishes His best gifts and presence on those He loves and calls to be His children.  His face is shining or beaming with a smile of love and joy as He beholds His own people.  This smile means abundant provisions of food and water.  It means health to our bodies and protection from enemies.  It means love and fruitfulness in our relationships and homes and a sense of knowing God and walking in His will.  The Hebrew word “selah” follows this first verse and is a term meaning to pause and ponder the thought that has been presented.

Why does God love to bless His people?  Surely it is because he loves and delights in His people.  But this psalm stated another reason for the blessing.  God wants to use a blessed people to share the knowledge of His ways on the earth among all peoples.  (Psalm 67:2)  God desires the worship of all who are made in His image and likeness!  He is their Guide, Ruler and Judge!  We are blessed to be a blessing!  Nothing really belongs to us.  We must keep the blessing moving and not hoard it to ourselves and our own use!

The result of being a blessing is that the earth will yield its harvest.  The harvest ultimately is souls that will come to know and worship the Lord through the witness of God’s people.  God wants all the ends of the earth to fear Him! (Psalm 67:6-7)  We set up a cycle of blessing when we give to the Lord of our blessings so that others may hear and learn!  As we give, we become like God Who is the ultimate Giver of everything.  As we give, God is praised and worshiped and He moves upon the lost and draws them to salvation.  As we give, we are blessed by God again with more abundance so that we can give even more to make Him known.  The cycle goes on and multiplies blessings to the peoples of the earth!

“Now He Who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2nd Corinthians 9:10-11

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Blessed to become a blessing!

Scripture reading for June 17th: Psalms 67-72

The Aaronic blessing begins Psalm 67 as a prayer.   God’s face is shining or beaming with a smile of love and joy as He beholds His own people.  This smile means abundant provisions of food and water.  It means health to our bodies and protection from enemies.  It means love and fruitfulness in our relationships and homes and a sense of knowing God and walking in His will.  The Hebrew word “selah” follows this first verse and is a term meaning to pause and ponder the thought that has been presented.

Why does God love to bless His people?  Surely it is because he loves and delights in His people.   But this psalm states another reason for the blessing.  God wants to use a blessed people to share the knowledge of His ways among all peoples.  (Psalm 67:2)  God desires the worship of all who are made in His image!  He is their guide, ruler and judge!  We are blessed to be a blessing!  Nothing really belongs to us.  We must keep His blessing moving and not hoard it to ourselves and our own use!

The result of being a blessing is that the earth will yield its harvest.  The harvest ultimately is souls that will come to know and worship the Lord through the witness of God’s people.  God wants all the ends of the earth to fear Him! (Psalm 67:6-7)  We set up a cycle of blessing when we give to the Lord of our tithes and offerings so that others may hear and learn!  As we give, we become like God who is the ultimate giver of everything.  As we give, God is worshiped and He moves upon the lost and draws them to salvation.  As we give, we are blessed by God again with more abundance so that we can give even more to Him.  The cycle goes on and multiplies!

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2nd Corinthians 9:10-11

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God’s blessing cycle!

Scripture reading for June 16th: Psalms 67-72

God delights in blessing His people!  The Aaronic blessing begins Psalm 67.  God’s blessing means that He lavishes His best gifts and presence on those He loves and calls to be His children.  His face is shining or beaming with a smile of love and joy as He beholds His own people.  This smile means abundant provisions of food and water.  It means health to our bodies and protection from enemies.  It means love and fruitfulness in our relationships, homes and business.  The Hebrew word “selah” follows this first verse and is a term meaning to pause and ponder the preceding thought.

Why does God love to bless His people?  Surely it is because he loves and delights in His people.  But this psalm states another reason for the blessing.  God wants to use a blessed people to share the knowledge of His ways on the earth among all peoples.  (Psalm 67:2)  God desires the worship of all who are made in His image!  He is their guide, ruler and judge!  We are blessed to be a blessing!  Nothing really belongs to us.  We are blessed in order to share and bless others.  We must keep the blessing moving and not hoard it for our own use!

The result of being a blessing is that the earth will yield its harvest.  The harvest ultimately is souls that will come to know and worship the Lord through the witness of God’s people.  God wants all the ends of the earth to fear Him! (Psalm 67:6-7)  We set up a cycle of blessing when we give to tithes and offerings so that others may hear of Him!  As we give, we become like God who is the ultimate giver of everything.  As we give, God is praised and He moves upon the lost and draws them to salvation.  As we give, we are blessed by God again with more abundance so that we can give even more to Him.  The cycle goes on and multiplies!

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2nd Corinthians 9:10-11

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Escape from Death!

Scripture reading for June 17th: Psalms 67-72

“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.  Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.” (Psalm 68:19-20)

God, our Savior, is a burden bearer.  We can come to Him each and every day with all of our burdens and troubles and cast them upon Him.  He is honored when His people depend on Him. (Psalm 50:15)  Throughout history, God’s people have come to know and trust God as their only hope of protection and escape from death.  God is the only one with power to save us from death and from eternal separation from Himself.  This separation is the second death, which all men who do not put their trust in God as their Savior and burden bearer will experience.

This “Sovereign Lord” is the King who resides in the sanctuary.  He is moving in a majestic procession lead by singers, musicians and maidens playing tambourines.  The great congregation follows, led by the smallest tribe of Benjamin and the princes of Judah, Zebulun, and Naphtali.  The sanctuary is the temple in Jerusalem; nations are in subjection to the King and they bring Him gifts.  Nations that love war are scattered and humbled. It is plain that the psalmist is talking about God as the ultimate King of Kings who will rule the earth!

“Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, to him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice.  Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies.  You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to His people.” Psalm 68:32-35

Worship and singing are the response of God’s people to the power and majesty of their God and King!  He is again pictured as riding the clouds and speaking with His mighty voice that rumbles like thunder!  When God speaks, we are strengthened and empowered by faith to do His will.  Faith praises God for His awesome Person, the daily burden bearer as well as the escape from death.  Christ Jesus is the King who will soon appear on the clouds of heaven!  His mighty voice will thunder, calling His people to life eternal and worship in the heavenly sanctuary!  What a joyous day!

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Blessed to be a blessing!

Scripture reading for June 17th: Psalms 67-72

God delights in blessing his people!  The Aaronic blessing begins Psalm 67 as a prayer.  God blessing means that he lavishes his best gifts and presence on those He loves and calls to be His children.  His face is shining or beaming with a smile of love and joy as He beholds His own people.  This smile means abundant provisions of food and water.  It means health to our bodies and protection from enemies.  It means love and fruitfulness in our relationships and homes and a sense of knowing God and walking in His will.  The Hebrew word “selah” follows this first verse and is a term meaning to pause and ponder the thought that has been presented.

Why does God love to bless His people?  Surely it is because he loves and delights in His people.  This is a good reason and part of God’s revealed truth.  But this psalm states another reason for the blessing.  God wants to use a blessed people to share the knowledge of His ways on the earth among all peoples.  (Psalm 67:2)  God desires the worship of all who are made in His image and likeness!  He is their guide, ruler and judge!  We are blessed to be a blessing!  Nothing really belongs to us.  We are blessed in order to share and bless others.  We must keep the blessing moving and not hoard it to ourselves and our own use!

The result of being a blessing is that the earth will yield its harvest.  The harvest ultimately is souls that will come to know and worship the Lord through the witness of God’s people.  God wants all the ends of the earth to fear Him! (Psalm 67:6-7)  We set up a cycle of blessing when we give to the Lord of our blessings so that others may hear and learn!  As we give, we become like God who is the ultimate giver of everything.  As we give, God is praised and worshiped and He moves upon the lost and draws them to salvation.  As we give, we are blessed by God again with more abundance so that we can give even more to Him.  The cycle goes on and multiplies!

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.  You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” 2nd Corinthians 9:10-11

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