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6th October 2022

Blessed to be a Blessing

Psalm 67 is a powerful invocation & doxology for God’s salvation to come to all the earth. Blessed by the Lord His chosen people are to be carriers of the salvation message to all the world. A light to the world & a blessing to all people.


Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy!
For You shall judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You. Psalm 67:4-5


This blessing & prayer sandwich has 3 parts. The second & middle part is verses 4 & 5. Here we find a heartfelt prayer for the rule of God to be extended beyond Israel & present in the whole earth. God is not just the King of Israel He is the world’s true King & rightful Ruler. God alone can bring righteous rule. It is righteousness that exalts a nation (Proverbs 14:34).

Under the rule of God there is justice, joy & peace. These are the hallmarks of His Kingdom (Romans 14:17). That is why the peoples & nations can be glad & sing. Living under godly, righteous & just government causes people to rejoice (Proverbs 29:2).

God is the Shepherd King of the nations. One day the nations will recognise & receive Christ as King (Revelation 11:15). In the interim they must come to Him to receive His salvation & live under His rule & reign. To do this the people of God must carry the gospel to the ends of the earth (Matthew 24:14, 28:18-20). How can people hear & know unless they are told & shown (Isaiah 52:7; Romans 10:14-15). That is the great kingdom & gospel assignment for the Lord’s blessed & chosen people. The Lord rules & reigns in our hearts & we are to work tirelessly to see that extend to all people, everywhere. Salvation from the Lord, to His people & through them to the nations.

For Reflection

  • In what ways am I working to bring God’s salvation to others? 
  • How regularly do I pray for the salvation of the nations?
  • Meditate upon the just & righteous rule of God.  SELAH

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you that you are my King & the world’s rightful ruler.
Jesus thank you that You paid the price to bring your salvation to all.
Holy Spirit make my feet beautiful to carry the message of salvation to all people & all the nations.
Keep shining the light of Your blessing & favour upon me that salvation might come to the nations.
This I ask In Jesus mighty Name.
Amen

Written by Gareth Jones

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