April 6, 2009 Ration

Numbers 6:27

“So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I then will bless them.”


Artists, whose name do you invoke so that others might be blessed? Your name, the name of "art", the name of a cause, or the name of God? Do you even invoke a blessing for your audience?

The Lord is ready and able to bless those who cry out to Him. But more often we do not have the Lord’s blessing because we do not ask for the Lord’s blessing. Or if we do ask, we do not receive because we ask with wrong motives (James 4). But if we would invoke the name of God on our brothers and sisters, and ask according to His will, will not the Lord bless them?

What is this blessing?

The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace (Numbers 6:24-26).

Why would we pass up such an easy opportunity to incredibly bless each other?

I can think of a few reasons, and they are all full of pride and the fear of men. If we invoke the Lord’s name, then we are not invoking our name. If the Lord blesses the people, then the people may not have such a need for our version of blessing. We would rather be the blessing of God ourselves. They may not want the blessing of the Lord, we would argue from fear. They may not feel blessed by us anymore if they discern that our blessing for them is the Lord.

Artists, where God has given you a grace for the brothers and sisters, you better play your part and invoke the name of the Lord upon them. It may be that the body is not as blessed as it could be because we have not been the faithful expressioners that we should be. We have only robbed ourselves and others where we neglect to invoke the name of Almighty God.

The Lord says that Aaron and his sons shall invoke His name and then He will bless them. Why does God not just bless the people if He intends to bless them? The nature of man is that he thinks he is due the blessing of God, or that he is worthy of the blessing of God. But man is so deep in need of the blessing of God that he is no where near worthy of God’s blessing. To invoke the name of God demonstrates just this: God, we are in need of Your blessing! And God loves to give grace to the humble man (James 4:6).

Artists, what better could you bless your people with than the blessing of God? Invoke His name then on your practice. Invoke God’s name upon your labors. Invoke the name of God upon your people and get out of the way. Then the Lord will bless them. Or would you prefer something else?

Artists,
The Lord bless you and keep you;
The Lord make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you;
The Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace.

Jason Harms


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