"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us—so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations." Psalm 67:1-2
Is it proper for me to ask God to bless me? Is that selfish? Is it conceited?
In I Chronicles 4:10, a man named Jabez prayed this prayer requesting God's blessing, "Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request."
Jabez boldly asked for God's blessing and he received it.
We have a God Who is exceedingly gracious and kind! He delights in blessing His people!
The Psalmist mentions several ways He wants to bless you!
He will bless you with His grace! Grace is His undeserved kindness and goodness to you. When you deserved judgment for your sins, God sent Jesus to take your guilt and suffer the penalty so you could receive mercy rathr than judgment.
Have you asked Him for his mercy? Have you received His grace?
Also, God wants to bless you with His favor.
What does that mean?
Essentially, it means you become one of His favorites! He picks you out of the crowd because you have chosen Him to be your Lord. He directs His attention and His protection and His pleasure in your direction!
God's greatest blessing is His salvation - saving you from your sin and selfishness - delivering your eternal soul from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. When you receive His salvation you come into possession of His greatest blessing, for when you have His salvation you have His grace and His favor!