Psalm 67:1 “May God be gracious to us and bless us, make His face shine upon us.”
This verse is similar to the blessing found in Numbers 6:22-27. The Lord spoke to Moses and told him that this is how Aaron is to bless the people. In other words, it is God’s idea to bless his people. This is always a good fact to settle in your mind...God wants to bless you!
The word gracious in the Hebrew root is to bend or stoop in kindness as to an inferior. It means to favor and bestow. The picture I get is that of a loving Father bending down to talk or care for his child. The dictionary definition of gracious is courteous, kind and pleasant. The Bible confirms this. Psalm 103:8 says, “The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in love”. That sounds like someone worth knowing.
But why does He want us to be blessed? Verse 2 reveals the reasons. Firstly, that His ways may be known on the earth. His ways are perfect and demonstrate his goodness to people. Paul says the Gentiles are to make the Hebrews jealous. How are we going to do that if we are not blessed! As God opens doors, supplies needs and heals...in other words performs signs and wonders...His ways are manifest. People begin to wonder about the signs. It is this kindness of God that leads us to repentance.
In the seventies my Dad was healed supernaturally. God touched his body and everything that was wrong was made right. He was not a born again believer. In fact, he was skeptical. But God was gracious to our family and my dad was completely made whole. As a result of his testimony 32 members of our family and friends became Christians in one year.
Why is God gracious to us and wants bless us? So His salvation will come to the nations. God loves the world and wants to touch them through us being blessed!
Prayer: “Father I ask that you would bless me, be gracious to me and cause your face to shine on me. Let your name be glorified through me that others would see and receive your goodness.”