Out in the highways and byways of life

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Out in the highways and byways of life,
  Many are weary and sad;
Carry the sunshine where darkness is rife,
  Making the sorrowing glad.
  Make me a blessing, make me a blessing,
Out of my life may Jesus shine;
Make me a blessing, O Savior, I pray,
  Make me a blessing to someone today.
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Tell the sweet story of Christ and His love,
  Tell of His pow’r to forgive;
Others will trust Him if only you prove
  True, every moment you live.
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Give as ’twas given to you in your need,
  Love as the Master loved you;
Be to the helpless a helper indeed,
  Unto your mission be true.
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Val

Augusta, GAp, United States

So much emotional abandonment. If we could focus on being a blessing to others, how much better we ourselves will be. This song rang in my spirit this morning. And for it, I am Blessed.


Greg

Berrien Springs, MI, United States

The Lord gave me this song this morning, after I had been praying for several people during my morning prayer time. It was so fitting to what I had just been doing, in the midst of personal struggles, lifting up others to God and praying over their lives. God is good! In the process of blessing others through us, God blesses us as well! We need only to focus on others, and all our problems will be taken care of!


Mika Achumi

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Soul piercing song. Thank for the wonderful piece of music. Keep doing.


Ron

Manila, Philippines

great song for our excellently perfect God!!!


Dr Prabha

Kochi, Kerala, India

I love this song and want to sing it with the music available. The thing is that the pitch is a little high for me. I would like to download the music with one pitch lower. How do I do it?


Janis Davis

Houston, Texas, United States

I share these treasured memories with my Bible study group.


Sai

Pune, Maharashtra, India

I loved listening and singing with it. Thanks.


Brigitte

Columbia, South Carolina, United States

To Randy, St. Paul, MN,--Amen!! Hallelujah!! God used you to answer my questions, both about "my cup overflowing" & the gift of more to the first born!! It was just what I was thinking but I wasn't sure! Thank you for your blessing & encouragement for me the one who is holding out my cup!! Thank You Lord God Almighty Jesus my Savior!! Hallelujah!! Praise God's Holy Name Forever & I'll love You Forever!!! And also Thank you to my brother Gerald for the Wonderful song!! I love you!! God bless you!!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’•โคโคโคโค


Noella Gueit

Australia

I am now 64. The Lord revived this hymn in my heart this morning in my devotions and realise how much this generation needs me. O Lord, make me a blessing.


Randy

St. Paul, MN, United States

We are all familiar with the words of the 23rd Psalm:

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

โ€”โ€‰Psalm 23:1-6

It is amazing that God should take such an undertaking. By keeping focus on self and inadequacies, we feel unworthy, overwhelmed. But the psalmist is recording what the Lord is doing. It is a testimony of the motivation and intent of our Creator.

I am drawn to the phrase: my cup runneth over. It is a blessing that we are taken care of in such a way, but when the cup is full, why would God keep on pouring? It would seem wasteful to keep pouring once the cup is full. The phrase implies that God keeps pouring once the cup is full.

I know from other scripture that God is not wasteful, and that nothing that He supplies returns to Him void. So why keep pouring? What is the lesson in that?

I received a revelation to take my focus away from my own needs and lack. I know that God is not a respecter of persons (Acts 10:34), and God shows no favoritism (Romans 2:11). Yet, when God gives me an abundance while there is so much lack in others, does that seem right or fair? Is he showing favoritism to me over others? Does He violate his word that He does not show favoritism?

Add to this, the verses in the Old Testament, where the firstborn is given a double portion of the inheritance: โ€œBut he shall acknowledge the firstborn . . . by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the first fruits of his strength. The right of the firstborn is hisโ€ (Deuteronomy 21:17)

Now Iโ€™m getting a little perplexed. On one hand God shows no partiality, and on the other, in some cases, God does grant an unequal portion or blessing. How can this be reconciled?

The key is to take focus off self, and the feeling that we are the receiver of Godโ€™s special blessing, or that we are that special to God. We are special to Him, but if there is no distinction in Him, then we are not being treated any more favorably than anyone else. That may seem humbling at first, until we realize that God is not holding back. What we are receiving and experiencing is not unlike what anyone else should be receiving at His hand.

Take the verse about the double portion in Deuteronomy. Is the first born that special โ€“ especially if the parent is claiming no favoritism? So why give the firstborn an increase? Obviously, the firstborn is free to use the gift in any manner he chooses. But this view focuses on the receiver. What is the intent of the father โ€“ the one bestowing the gift? Could it be that the father is trying to provide for his family in the event of his absence or death? By giving a double portion to his firstborn, he can provide for the needs of the other siblings by making his firstborn an administrator of his gifts, and can give to each according to need. The double portion allows the firstborn to meet the needs of the family without making the task a sacrifice, but giving out of abundance. We are never required to give out of a lack (sacrifice) but to give out of abundance. God supplies in advance, and makes us administrators of his blessings, whether material goods, time to listen or help, a word of edification, consolation, or encouragement, etc. He fills our cup with these blessings in advance, not for us only, for He does fill our cup, but for them โ€“ those people around us standing in need, who would otherwise not be ministered to.

He keeps on pouring into our cup because of those in our presence who stand with cup in hand outstretched, catching the overflow out of our cup. Because He goes ahead and prepares the way, when our cup is filled to overflowing, we cannot help but be a blessing to others.

You only need to have the desire in your heart to be a blessing to others. Realize that it is already in place, and taking place. We walk by faith and not by sight. We will never see the true extent of the work that God has undertaken in us.