I just finished reading an Elijah List article, “This is the Year of Psalm 67″ by Bob Hartley and Michael Sullivant. It is about going from a misery mindset form of Christianity to a hope filled Christian mindset. I’m supplying the link so you can review this highly encouraging article for yourself http://www.elijahlist.com/words/display_word.html?ID=12999
The Lord told Hartley that 2014 is the year for Psalm 67:
“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations. Let the people’s praise You, O God; let all the people’s praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for You judge the people’s with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Let the people’s praise You, O God; let all the people’s praise You! The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us. God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear Him!”
But when you read it from The Message version, it is even happier.
God, mark us with grace and blessing! Smile!
The whole country will see how you work, all the godless nations see how you save. God! Let people thank and enjoy you. Let all people thank and enjoy you.
Let all far-flung people become happy and shout their happiness because You judge them fair and square, you tend the far-flung people’s. God! Let people thank and enjoy you. Let all people thank and enjoy you.
Earth, display your exuberance!
You mark us with blessing, O God, our God. You mark us with blessing, O God. Earth’s four corners—honor him!
This article not only filled my heart with hope, it confirmed to me some things I’ve personally heard the Spirit of God say. I will post some articles I’ve written along these lines in the days ahead. I love it when my tagline (words that inspire hope and make darkness tremble) is repeatedly confirmed. God told Hartley, “I am the celebrating, covenant-keeping, sovereign God, and I will bring forth radiant cities and nations of the earth.”
The ‘hope reformation’ that God is offering us is all about a healed and expanded view of God. When we have an expanded view of who He is, we then feed others on this deeper knowledge of God.
You see, we so easily misunderstand and misjudge God’s great heart and His manifold wisdom and thoughts regarding the people and situations in our world. As a result, we often unwittingly misrepresent the Lord to the people and the watching world around us. However, Jesus wants to be more accurately “re-presented” in our day by His sons and daughters to a needy and spiritually hungry world.
Psalm 67 speaks of causing His face to shine upon us and the revelation of His ways. God will reveal a blueprint about specifically how He is seeking to dwell among us here and now, and how this union with Him will lead to a truly apostolic reformation that will eventually lead to the restoration of all things referred to by Peter in Acts 3:19-21.
There is much more to be excited about in Hartley’s explanation, but as far as I am concerned, this is shouting ground. Whoo-hoo!!!