Del Tackett

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God Blesses Us to Bless the World - Psalm 67

In today’s Psalm (67) we find one of those 30,000-foot views that God is gracious to occasionally provide for us. We need these, because we often get caught up in the muck and mire of a world that presses us ever so much inwardly and therefore hopelessly. Here is the key verse:

God blesses us… so that all ends of the earth may fear Him. (verse 7)

The previous verse provides the context: All of this is the result of the fruitfulness that comes from God’s blessings.

This Psalm opens and closes with the same message:

God is gracious to us, blesses us, causes His face to shine upon us – so that His ways may be known on the earth; His salvation among all the nations. 

Therefore, as the rest of the Psalm states: all the peoples will praise Him… all the nations will be glad and sing for joy!

O, dear Remnant! Is this not what we long for? Is this not what we are praying for?

God has entrusted this kingdom work to us – His people – the common Christian family. This is why we did the Engagement Project, so that we might see Christian families, all over the world, building deep relationships with those in their Jerusalem; tearing down walls; building up trust; speaking words of love and truth to those providentially placed near them…

So that all the ends of the earth may fear Him.

We have been graciously given everything we need to do this. May it be so!

He is the vine; we are the branches. The world has never been more ripe for the people of God to be the people of God.

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  • Elaine Grenon

    Elaine Grenon

    Thank you for your encouragement. It is amazing how the Lord provides all we need to tell others about Jesus with confidence. We are finishing our last Tour of the engagement this evening. We have seen ourselves along with those in the group become more aware of those who need to hear about the Lord in their Jerusalem . The Lord once again as He did with "The Truth Project" transformed lives with "The Engagement". We are learning to cultivate what promotes fruitfulness and be aware of the things that hinder our growth. God has entrusted the kingdom work to us, we are not only to tell folks about the Lord, but show them with our actions - treating them with love and kindness. Elaine
  • Debra Stolze

    Debra Stolze

    Thank you for this reminder. I have often heard that God wants to bless us and His children good things. The message usually stops there. The Truth Project and the Engagement Project includes the rest of the message, "So we can be a blessing to others, to the world." It's the missing link to fulfilling our happiness in Christ, to give of ourselves to others. Deb
  • Coburn Ingram

    Coburn Ingram

    I find it interesting that 1 John 4:18 says, "There is no fear in love. / But mature love moves out fear. / Because fearfulness is anguish, / And one who is fearful is not mature in love. (my translation)" And my considered opinion is that there is Hebrew behind the text of 1 John. That means that the word behind "no fear in love" in the New Testament is the same word as for "the fear of the Lord" in the Old. It is also the word for "fear not." I don't want to draw any major theological conclusions with that, I just want to ask the question, isn't this "fear of the Lord" these promises are talking about more like the holy love we experience when we come close to God?

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