Pass it On

Back in the “Jesus People” revival in the early 70’s, a popular saying arose concerning our Christian witness.  It went something like this: “If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”  This is similar to the message of particularly verse 2 of the Psalm we are considering.

As we continue to examine Psalm 67, we see that the purpose of God’s blessing is not selfish enjoyment of his love by his people. Rather, all the blessings of God are tokens of his presence and favor so that the nations may “know” his way.

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us, Selah

    that your way may be known on earth,

your saving power among all nations.

    Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you!

    Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

for you judge the peoples with equity

and guide the nations upon earth. Selah

    Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you!

    The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, shall bless us.

    God shall bless us;

let all the ends of the earth fear him! [1]

 “Knowing” the way of the Lord is that personal acquaintance with the God of Israel. What the Psalmist is saying in verse 2 is that from observing God’s blessing on his people, the nations should be able to deduce his royal sovereignty and acknowledge Israel’s God as God.

I believe that issues a challenge for us as we begin each day; Do our actions from God’s blessing upon our lives cause the people around us to admit that the God we serve is the real deal?  Once again, reverting back to a Jesus People song, “Pass it On,” we are reminded of God’s purpose in blessing us:

It only takes a spark to get a fire going

And soon all those around will warm up to its glowing

That’s how it is with God’s love

Once you’ve experienced it

You spread his love to everyone, you want to pass it on

[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ps 67:1–7). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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