This Psalm Taught Me How to Pray for God’s Blessing, and It Blows My Mind Every Time I Read It

We all desire God to bless us, even if we have a vague idea of the term “blessing.”  We just know it is something good.  Praying for God’s blessing is perfectly Biblical- provided that we keep in mind God is bigger than just filling our wants and needs.

Look at how Psalm 67 starts, “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us— so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.”  Psalm 67:1-2.  This sounds like prayer asking God regarding a personal blessing, but the Psalmist keeps a bigger God in mind.

If you read a little further in the Psalm he asks God to bless them so God to do something, and it’s not to ask God for another blessing.  In verse 7 the reason for the blessing is so that God’s ways might be known on earth, His salvation among the nations. (v.7)  In verses 3 and 5 the reason to ask for God’s blessing is so the peoples of the earth might praise him and verse 4 it is so the nations might be glad and sing for joy.

What’s the point-pray for God’s blessing with a bigger perspective.  We should pray for God’s blessing so that others – especially those outside of God’s family- might be blessed.  So when you pray for healing, miracles, safety, you pray with the motivation of people seeing God’s glory. You pray for blessing so God may be known in your sphere of influence.  You pray for God’s blessing so that even unbelievers might see God’s goodness


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