October 14 - Psalm 67

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

October 14 - Psalm 67:1-7

This Psalm takes its beginning from the priestly blessing found in Numbers 6:24-26. It is a time of harvest and it is a time of celebration!

While Israel is uniquely blessed, given its relationship to God, this Psalm calls for them to go out into the nations to tell of God's salvation. Because the nation of Israel struggles through most of its history with simply maintaining a balance between the relationship it has with God and the relationship it has with the world immediately surrounding it, we don't see a lot of evangelism occurring.

By the time we get to the New Testament, evangelism becomes a commandment. (Matthew 28:19-20). But for now, it is all they can do to remain in the covenant that God has established with them.

This Psalm, though, seems to remind the people of Israel that the only way the nations and peoples of the earth will see God is through them.

During a time of rejoicing, all people and all nations are brought into the celebration. (Psalm 67:3-5).

Jesus spoke of the harvest. In Revelation 7:9-10 we find that multitudes from every part of the world are standing before the Lamb. The harvest is complete. Psalm 67:6-7 says that the land will yield its harvest. The trees will bear their fruit. The Lord will bless us.

I am immediately drawn to Galatians 5:22-23. These things are the fruit of the Spirit, the harvest that is found in us when we live in the Spirit.

God is looking for that harvest, He is looking for that fruit. Today, what will be found in you? A little more pointedly, how are you reaching individuals in this world and touching them so that when the final harvest is made and the multitude is standing before God, those people can thank you for ensuring their presence?