More on Psalm 67
May God be gracious to us and bless us
…..and make his face to shine upon us,
2 that your way may be known upon earth,
…..your saving power among all nations.
Why does the poet pray for blessing? So that God’s ‘way’ and God’s ‘power’ may be known by all people.
The blessing isn’t for our comfort and happiness. The blessing isn’t for our ease and plenty. The prayer is that God’s ‘way’ and ‘power’ may be known. This is a very long way from the Americanized gospel: “God made me rich; he can make you rich, too.” This is a prayer that God’s goodness may be known by all. That God’s way may be followed by all. That God’s mercy and compassion may be lived. God’s grace and forgiveness lived. God’s generosity and joy celebrated in all the earth.
I want the blessings that I might have a peaceable and happy life. But the abundance of the earth is given that all might see the goodness of God and rejoice in his generosity.