June 23, 2019
Sermon Title: God Bless Us
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1 Chronicles 4:10; 1 Kings 8:60; Psalm 23:3
Scripture Text: Psalm 67
1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.
2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
3 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
4 O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
5 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
God Bless Us
Bruce Wilkinson's bestselling book, The Prayer of Jabez, elaborates on an obscure figure mentioned in 1 Chronicles, arguing that we should seek God's blessing always.
In 1 Chronicles 4:10 we read, Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, "Oh that you would bless me and enlarge my border, and that your hand might be with me, and that you would keep me from harm so that it might not bring me pain!" And God granted what he asked.
Why did God grant what Jabez asked? What is the reason for God's blessing?
There are many ways we can answer that question with Scriptural support:
He loves his people.
He delights to do them good.
He is good.
But there's one fundamental reason that God blesses His people, and this reason is closely related to the missionary calling of the church.
Let's consider three questions about Psalm 67. Here is the first:
Question I. Why Should God Bless You?
This Psalm begins in a way that sounds similar to prayer of Jabez (actually, it more closely echoes the blessing that Aaron and his descendants said over the people of Israel, as recorded in Numbers 6).
Question II. Glorify His Name Among Whom?
Let's move to our second question: God blesses us so that we might glorify His name among whom? Among those who are already believers? Among those who call themselves Christians? Among other Americans? Among those who are similar to yourself?
The second part of verse 2 and verse 3 show that God's goal is much broader: that your salvation may be known among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, let all the peoples praise you.
God intends to glorify Himself not only among those already identified as His people, not only among those who are similar to His people, but among all nations, among all the peoples.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!! Let the Church be glad and sing for joy!!
Let everything that hath breath be glad and sing for joy!!!
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