1996-10-28 - Limited Blessings?
Psalm 67:6,7 "The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. God blesses us, That all the ends of the earth may fear Him."
God, our God, blesses us. It may be thousands of years since the Psalmist sang these words but they are still as sweet today as they were thousands of years ago. Our God; by the eternal covenant in which He gave himself to us with all His attributes, with all that He is and has, to be our portion forever. Our God; by our own choice of Him, a choice most free, but guided by his eternal Spirit, so that we who should have chosen our own ruin, were sweetly let to make our choice of the Lord, because He had made His election of us. Our God; ours to trust, ours to love, ours hide ourselves in at every dark thought that assails us, ours to commune with every bright and sunny day, ours to be our guide in life, our help in death, and our glory in heaven.
I would like to look into what sort of desires this should lead us to have. God, our God, blesses us. What does this lead us to desire. Well, when God comes to bless His people He brings all grace with Him, because the treasures of the covenant contain all the graces that are in Christ. When God comes to bless the Church, the Church will live higher, nobler, and happier than it has in the past. It is always this way when God sends revival. And revival is badly needed in our churches. When God comes to bless His Church the first result is that the members of the Church grow in faithfulness and the second result is conversions and additions to membership. It is rare that when a church is prospering there are no conversions. To think that a church is doing well and yet not to hear of conversions is to be deluded. When God blesses the Church, it grows, both in holiness and in numbers.
What else should we desire? Well, we should desire more. When we see God blessing us or others, we should want more and more blessing. For example, lets say that 4 or 5 come to faith in Christ after the Sunday sermon. We should give thanks, but we ought to be sorry that there were not 50 or 100. Why should we, by limited expectations, seek to limit God? Can we draw a line for Omnipotence and say, "come this far, but come no further?" Is it not wiser to increase our expectations and hopes since we serve a God who knows no limitations or boundaries? Let us look for greater things, deeper blessings.
Soli Deo Gloria,