May the nations praise you, O God. Yes, may all the nations praise you. Then the earth will yield its harvests, and God, our God, will richly bless us. Yes, God will bless us, and people all over the world will fear him. Psalm 67: 5-7 NLT
The picture we receive from the psalmist comes in four parts.
- All the nations praise God. We know from yesterday's devotional that we are the instruments to help people know about God so that this will come about.
- Then the earth will yield its harvests. Has the earth been holding back? Are we talking about the plentiful bounty that is pictured in the garden of Eden? Have our worldy harvests just been a tip of the iceberg in terms of what the earth is capable of producing?
- Then God will richly bless us. The bounty of the earth is not part of God's blessing. What for you would be God's blessing? Restored relationships? Harmony among peoples? World peace?
- Then, people all over the world will fear God. I think this is more than trembling in one's boots. I think this is a mark of respect, awe and reverence. People all over the world will finally get it, will finally get God.
What is stopping you from helping to make the first step happen?
God, we want alll the nations to praise you. What must I do to make that come true? In Jesus' name. Amen.
Copyright 2012 Amelia G. Sims