Do you know either or both of those songs? They are rather old, popular, prophetic and well-loved songs. I just wonder how many people think about or even realize what the songs really mean. The reason why I wonder is because I know that a lot of people enjoy partaking in "rewards" without considering the requirements let alone the related responsibilities.
Let's take some time to look at the "genesis" of Abraham's blessings (excuse the pun).
Genesis 12: 1-3 The Lord said to Abram: Leave your country, your family, and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you. I will bless you and make your descendants into a great nation. You will become famous and be a blessing to others. I will bless anyone who blesses you, but I will put a curse on anyone who puts a curse on you. Everyone on earth will be blessed because of you. (Contemporary English Version)
I can imagine Abraham saying "Amen" after each phrase - like we do these days. I just wonder whether he hesitated after the last statement. The bottom line of this promise is that God's purpose for blessing Abraham was for a purpose -so he'd be a blessing to others. Likewise, everytime we sing either of those songs or other similar themed songs or even pray for a blessing, we must realize that that reward comes with a responsibility. God does not expect us to live like the "Dead sea" that only receives and never gives.
The other way of looking at it is if you are not a blessing to others then you are not fulfilling your purpose on earth and that would sadden God that He has blessed you. God forbid! Some of us are quick to sing or even recite Bible verses but don't take the next step to be a blessing.You have to be true to your words...I mean say (or sing) what you mean and mean what you say/sing. Action is the only proof of belief in the words we speak (or sing).
I really like the way Acts 20:35 puts the related responsibility in context - read it with me:
"And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus:
‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’"
While it's great to receive, giving is even better (& greater). We are all B2B - blessed to bless. In fact, there is a "curse" upon those who don't do that - see what Proverbs 11: 24-25 says: "The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller. The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped." So I guess it's all up to you - not just to sing the songs but actually live by the lyrics.
As the Americans, celebrate their Thanksgiving today - hopefully giving God thanks for all His blessings and mercies...I can't help but wonder how many people around you will give God thanks for blessing them with and through you. It's worth thinking about...you're B2B!