We have all asked the question, “Why did this tragic or hurtful situation occur?” We have all experienced pain in life and have wondered why us. But have we ever asked the question, “Why do blessings come our way?” To ask it more personally, why am I blessed with what I have in life? Psalm 67 is a prayer of blessing adapted from Numbers 6, where Old Testament priests would speak a word of blessing on the people of Israel.
Psalm 67:1 prays, “God be gracious to us and bless us, and cause His face to shine upon us—Selah” (all references NASB). The Psalmist is praying for the grace, blessing, and favor of God. But why is God gracious, and why does He bless and show us favor? Verse 2 gives us the reason— “that your way may be known on the earth, your salvation among all nations.”
God’s good gifts to His people are not meant to be horded by us, but to be heralded for Him. We have what we have, and we are where we are in order that we might make God known among the nations. In fact, Paul told the leading men of Athens, “And He (God) made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation” (Acts 17:26). When we live and where we live are all determined by God’s good design—a design meant to be used to make Him famous around the world.
Currently, there are 7,103 unreached people groups or 4.5 billion people unreached with the gospel of Jesus. Unreached means that of the these 7,103 people groups less than 2 percent of the people follow Jesus. According to the International Mission Board, a people group is the largest group through which the gospel can flow without encountering significant barriers of understanding and acceptance (www.peoplegroups.org).
God’s desire, according to Psalm 67, is that the grace, blessing, and favor He gives us (v 1) is to be used to point all peoples to the salvation of our God (v 2). How might each of us leverage our lives—the good gifts He has given us—to make much of Jesus where He is not known? The goal God’s blessing to us and our proclamation of Him is so that “the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You” (v 3).
God’s praise is meant to be global and He desires to use us for that aim. Life is meant for more than daily schedules of work, school, running errands, and going to ball practice. We have received educations, homes, cars, salaries, and retirements for more than our comforts. “God, our God, blesses us. God blesses us that all the ends of the earth may fear Him” (v 6b-7). You are meant for so much more. How, then, will you use the blesses from God to impact the nations for His glory?