That question seems odd, doesn’t it? Who doesn’t want to be blessed? Isn’t it unnatural to desire to be hurt, or to lack, or not to see God move?

Well, I will ask the question again, and I want you to think about it.

Why do you want to be blessed?

Psalm 67 begins and ends with the Psalmist’s reason why he wants Israel to have been blessed:

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face shine on us (Selah)

so that your ways may be known on earth

your salvation among all the nations.

May God bless us still,

so that the ends of the earth will fear Him

I want us to meditate upon those “so that” phrases. They refocus our attention on God Himself as the purpose and driving force behind everything. They take the “me” or the “I” out of the picture, and replace it with a much more beautiful one- God

The purpose of humanity is this: to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.

Have this in mind the next time you pray.

And may God richly bless you

For through his blessings

His highest glory

and salvation

will be known throughout the world