Friday, July 8, 2016

Displaying God’s Power

Psalm 67:1-7

To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song.

This is another Psalm or song tradition indicates was to be given to director of the string section. 

“God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.  That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.” (Psalm 67:1-2)

The psalmist asks that God might reveal himself to the people, forgiving their sin and blessing them.   Seeing his power and blessings would call other people’s attention to God and his laws, his forgiveness and his love so that all the nations could know him and experience his salvation.    

Other people are looking for ways to have a better life, and are strongly influenced by what they see in the lives of Christians around them.  If all they see is people who are just doing things in their own power,  they have little reason to turn to Christ, but if they see God’s power in the Christian’s life, having a real effect, they have reason to investigate further. 

“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.  O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.  Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.” (Psalm 67:3-5)

When the Christians are experiencing Gods presence in the lives, those around are inspired as well.  Other nations will surrender to God and worship him as well.  The attitude of those who believe will greatly affect those around them. 

“Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.  God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.” (Psalm 67:6-7)

As they show their appreciation for God, he begins to bless the people in ways thatat first seem unconnected, such as making their crops more productive, and their relationship becomes more personal.  They recognize him as their personal God, not just the God who lives away up there somewhere.  

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