I went to an Orthodox service once. I loved the part towards the end, where the priest held a candle, and with it lit the candles of one or two people at the front of the church. They turned around and lit the candles of those near them, who in turn lit others’ candles; and the light spread out thus throughout the whole church. It was beautiful to watch.
God had a plan right from the start. He began its formulation with Abraham. This was it: start with one man. Bless him so much that he blesses others. Make him the father of a nation that is so blessed, it will pass on that blessing to the whole world. Then everyone, the world over, will come to know what an awesome, loving, blessing, wonderful God holds the world in His hands (Genesis 12:2-4). There was a proviso. In order to receive all that beautiful blessing, they needed to be obedient to God – since doing things the right way, the best way, His way was what brought about the blessing. And what a blessing it was!
Psalm 67 is all about that plan. I love verse 1. I love that when I am obedient and loving to God, he blesses me. Great. What I really love, is that when he looks at me, his face is beaming with joy. God just loves to bless us!
You and I, we are part of that big plan God is orchestrating. Is your candle lit? Are you passing it on to others, so that all the nations of the earth will be glad and sing for joy, and so that the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God, will bless us?
Do you know how much God wants to bless us?