This Psalm of praise to the Lord speaks about the blessings of the Lord. It is amended from The High Priest’s prayer of blessing given to Aaron by the Lord to bless Israel. (Numbers 6:22-27). We know all scripture is given to us by God. (2 Timothy 3:16-17). This scripture is both a prayer and a song of praise which was given by the Lord in order to bless people. Verses 1-3 read,
“May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
2 that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!”
God blesses us, not so we can keep all his gifts and joy to ourselves but so we can bless others. In our love for God, we wish for all others to experience God’s grace. We wish for others to know the joy of having God shine His face upon us, of having His attention on us and our needs. If He is looking at us, listening to us, and smiling at us the way a Father who loves His child smiles as He spends time listens, and watches over him, He will certainly meet our needs and give us the good things we request.
We want the Lord and His Way, His Life, and The Truth to be known. We want every person to know God’s saving power. Salvation through Jesus Christ is the greatest blessing God gives us. What an amazing miracle, a perfect gift and a great joy Salvation is. We can’t help but praise the Lord. And when we do more people see the greatness and graciousness of God. We wish well for others and the best most wonderful blessing they can receive is Jesus.
Salvation is not only for some, it is for everyone. The Lord, our God, our Maker, and Savior is a God of justice. He has no bias. He judges everyone on the same criterion. He doesn’t love Billy Graham more than He loves Charles Manson. He judges everyone regardless of race, age, gender, or ability on one thing, is he covered by Jesus’ blood. Verses 4-5 say,
“Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you judge the peoples with equity
and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
5 Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!”
God wants all people to have reason to praise Him. He wants every person to know Him and experience His blessings. Isaiah 30:18 reads,
“Therefore the Lord waits to be gracious to you,
and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you.
For the Lord is a God of justice;
blessed are all those who wait for him.”
Aaron was the first high priest of Israel and the Lord gave him this blessing, re-written as a Psalm by David, to bless His people, to remind them His blessings and His Salvation were not only for them but for everyone. Jesus is our ultimate High Priest. He is the Way and the Truth and The Life. It is through Him that all nations, all peoples, are blessed. It is through Jesus that we experience God’s grace, the undeserved forgiveness of our sins. The Lord gave Aaron this blessing but He perfected in Christ.
While the Lord Judges all of us equally, He provides with favor. The Lord takes care of people who depend on Him. He blesses His children with provision of our needs and more. As others see how God cares for us, feeds us and gifts us they realize He is real. They can come to understand that He is great and awesome God and maybe they will turn to Him as well. Verses 6-7 read,
“The earth has yielded its increase;
God, our God, shall bless us.
7 God shall bless us;
let all the ends of the earth fear him!”
So let us be a blessing to the world because God blesses us and wants to bless all of us. As the Lord bless us, we bless others. Let’s not keep those blessings to ourselves.
My prayer for you is this, God’s prayer for you given to Aaron the first high priest of Israel.
“The Lord bless you and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.”
An addendum here: I did a devotional of Psalm 67 on February 4th 2015 you can read by clicking here