The big idea of this week's message is that God gave a prayer to his people so that his plan would prosper. The outline of this message explained three parts of the big idea. First, Psalm 67:1 reveals that God gave a prayer to his people. More specifically, verse 1 is a quotation from the prayer that God gave to Moses in Numbers 6:24-26. In short, this prayer is a prayer asking for God to bless his people with his presence. Second, Psalm 67:2-7 reveals that God gave his people this prayer so that his plan would prosper. But what is that plan? The language of Psalm 67:2 is similar to Genesis 12:1-3 and this means that God's plan is his promise to bless all the nations of the earth through the family of Abraham. The message of the bible is the unfolding of this plan and Psalm 67 shows us that it centers around happiness, gladness, and joy. In other words, the nations will be glad when they see the blessing God provides for Israel. The point is not just that they will be glad because of how generous the LORD is toward his people, but the point is that his kindness and blessing will one day become their blessing. Therefore, the final part of the sermon was to explain how God's plan has prospered and been fulfilled through Jesus Christ. At this point of the message we considered Paul's words in Galatians 3 and Luke's summary of Jesus' great commission from Luke 24.
The Sunday's scripture readings were: Luke 24:44-53; Genesis 12:1-3; and Numbers 6:24-26.