God blesses. God judges.
Psalm 67 starts with the beautiful blessing:-
“God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us;”Psalms 67:1 KJV
But who is it for and what does it mean?
Throughout the Psalm we see the word ‘all’. The blessing is for all of us. God is the God of all the earth. Not some people and not some parts of the earth. God is not only the God of those who believe in Him. God is sovereign and reigns over all. God is the God of the believer and unbeliever.
We must not forget where the blessing comes from, who this Psalm is about and who this Psalm is for. The Psalm reminds us that God will judge the people righteously and that there will come a time when all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
Have you noticed that people no longer fear God?
God is mocked, God is ridiculed, God is reduced to someone who can be ignored, whose message of coming judgement and coming wrath can be ignored because it is inconvenient. The world has become a place of individual choice where people think God can be whoever they want Him to be. Many beleive God can be shaped into someone or something to fit a lifestyle; where God is only a God of love who would never send people to hell.
But we have a warning here and we must not miss it. God who blesses, judges righteously. The blessing comes from the righteous judge and there will be a time when all the ends of the earth shall fear him. That’s everyone.
How do you feel about that today?
If God were to judge you right now, would you be innocent or guilty? Would you go to heaven or would you go to hell? What about your family and friends? What will happen to them when they die?
God is holy: He cannot and will not tolerate sin. God will judge us according to His moral law and today may be the day to look into the mirror of God’s law to see whether you are inviting, tolerating or entertaining sin in your life.
We often think that the message of sin, judgement and hell are for others because we, us, you and I are good people – we do good things. I may start to think that, because I help others, because I go to church, because I am better than most – this message will not apply to me. But look into the mirror of God’s law today and listen to your conscience – what is sin doing in your life now, today.
Consider the ten commandments today.
You may think that you aren’t a murderer, you haven’t committed adultery, you have only stolen small things or told white lies. Surely God won’t send you to hell for minor offences? But the Bible is clear about the law and James reminds us that ‘whosoever keeps the whole law but offends at one point is guilty of all’.
That lie you told, that lustful thought you had (remember that Jesus, who didn’t come to abolish the law but to fulfill the law – tells us that whosoever looks at a woman in lust is guilty of adultery in his heart) – these things that you see as minor offences are sin and God will judge sin righteously.
Sinners will be found guilty and will be sentenced to death. Whether you believe that or not, it is true.
But God, our Father in Heaven sends us a blessing! God is not willing that anyone should perish, He is just but he is also merciful. The Psalmist says, “God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us;”
God saw our sin, God saw our weakness and our inability and he blessed us, the Bible reminds us that when we were still sinners he died for us. Sinners broke God’s law and Jesus paid their fine by suffering and dying on the cross. Jesus rose from the dead, defeating death so that we can have everlasting life.
All God asks of you is to repent. Turn from your sin, and put your trust in Jesus Christ. Don’t just say sorry and then continue on sinning. Go to the Lord with a Godly sorrow and turn from that sin.
It is when we do that, that we see the face of God shining on us, we are granted eternal life as a free gift – we see the Grace of God.
Maybe the Lord wants you to re-evaluate the sin that you’ve allowed into your life – you profess to be a believer but God is not first in your life, you lie and cheat and steal, you take the name of the Lord in vain, you don’t honor your father and your mother and you entertain lustful thoughts. Adultery is in your heart. Murder in your heart.
Today – Repent. Turn back to the Cross of Christ.
Who have you told?
Jesus came to save everyone. Who have you told? Are you willing that your family, those people who refuse to believe in Jesus, who mock Jesus – are you willing that they should die in their sin and go to hell? You have been put in your place for a reason. You may be the only person who will ever share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those around you.
God didn’t save you so that you would keep the Good News to yourself. God isn’t only going to judge some people – He will judge all – all the ends of the earth will fear Him. Those who die in their sins will spend eternity in hell.
You can save them.
Judgement is coming. Who have you told? If you don’t know how to tell others, if you don’t know how to share your faith then reach out to me and we will teach you.
Psalm 67:4 KJV
O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
Bless you today in Jesus name.