“Proper Production” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – March 24

Psalm 67:1-7   A Thanksgiving Psalm by Anonymous

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Psalm 67:1-7   Proper Production

This is another psalm written by that famous poet, Anonymous.  We don’t know who wrote it.  Verses 13-15 could be the words of King Hezekiah after his prayer (cf. Isa. 37:14–20) and subsequent victory over the Assyrians (cf. Isa. 36-37).

Whoever wrote this psalm, there is again a call for God to bless His people (v. 1).  The phrase “cause His face to shine on us” recalls the blessing in Numbers 6:24–26.

The purpose of any Christian endeavor should ultimately be to glorify God (v. 2).  Whether children’s programs, sermons, prayer, evangelistic campaigns, missions, they should all have as their express purpose to glorify God.  At first Hudson Taylor could not claim any converts to God after spending many years ministering in China.  Yet his life glorified the Lord.  He did form the China Inland Mission and later led thousands to the Lord.  But he toiled for three years without a single convert after leaving England for that foreign land, many miles from his home.

If you are a minister and enduring hardship, don’t forget the exhortation from the Apostle Paul, “be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord”  (1 Cor. 15:58).

Our job as Christians is to bring glory to the Lord (vv. 3-5).  God will judge the nations some day in regards to how well they have served him (v. 4b).

The earth has done her job, providing sustenance for the world’s people (v. 6).  The reason God blesses us is not just so we will be happy.  He blesses us that all human beings will have a “reverential awe” of Him.  That is another way of saying they will “fear” God (v. 7).

Every life devoted to God should produce praise to Him.

Proverbs 11:27   Classic Rockers

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” . . . he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God.”  I memorized that verse, John 3:21, now long after I was saved.  I thought I had been searching for truth and had found it.  That was true but I didn’t understand that God had been drawing me all along (cf. John 6:44).

In general, the one who does good will be blessed (v. 27a).  If you hang out with troublemakers, you will get in trouble.  Bad company is not just a classic rock group.  “Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals” (1 Cor. 15:33).  Nothing good happens if you hang out with troublemakers.

So don’t do it!

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