For the music director; to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm, a song. May God show us his favor and bless us! May he smile on us!
-Psalm 67:1 (NET)
Psalm 67 is an invitation to partake of God’s favor.
The song is a priestly blessing. We can say this to each other.
“May the Lord bless you!”, and we answer back, “May the Lord bless you!”
Where did this gracious blessing start? It started with Abraham. God said to Abe that he would be blessed and the whole world would be blessed through him.
The Lord told Abram, “You are to leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s house and go to the land that I’m going to show you. I’ll make a great nation of your descendants, I’ll bless you, and I’ll make your reputation great, so that you will be a blessing. I’ll bless those who bless you, but I’ll curse the one who curses you, and through you all the people of the earth will be blessed.”
Abraham was as good as dead, yet from this one man came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.
-Genesis 12:1-3 and Hebrews 11:12 (ISV)
It is a good guess that this is what Psalm 67 has in mind.
Psalm 67 is a missionary Psalm. It is about God’s mission to save all people. The blessing of God on our lives is for saving the world.
Each of us are not saved in a vacuum, but through God’s blessing on other people. That is what the blessing of God on your life is for. And the more we realize this and let the blessing work for others, the more we will be blessed.
May God show us favor and bless us. Other translations say, ‘show mercy’ or, ‘be gracious’. The Hebrew carries with it the idea of grace, mercy, favor, and kindness. And to be blessed by God encapsulates all four of these.
I learned from a faith leader, to sign notes with ‘blessings’. Blessings means, ‘grace, mercy, favor, and kindness to you’.
May God show us his favor and bless us! May he smile on us!
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