Psalm 67:1-3 ESV
May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!
We all want the blessing of the Lord. That part of the Psalmist’s prayer is familiar to us. It is the reason for the blessing that we fail to remember or embrace. “That your way may be known on earth…” so that “all the people’s praise you.” This is to be our driving motive for seeking the blessing of the Lord. The glory of God is so great, nothing less than the praise of the earth can do it justice.
Have you noticed that the more people cheat for something (or someone), the greater your own awe for that thing becomes? In some unique way you participate in the glory of that thing. It blesses you. All the more if that thing for which you cheer has special meaning to you. Think of a favorite sports team. Do you not glory when your team receives praise? How much more so with God, who is not someone for whom we cheer from a distance, but our own father?