Psalm 67

Psalm 67 begins with a request for God’s blessing.  We’re not sure who the author of this psalm is, but in the short seven verses we see God’s way, God’s salvation and God’s praise through all the earth.  “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations”.  It begins with one of Aarons blessings from Numbers.  The call for God’s face to shine on us is a request for all of God’s glory to be displayed.  To have the glorious, happy face of God shining upon man is the greatest gift one could have.

The request is also for God’s way to be known.  Not simply the truth of God, or the word of God to be known – but for Your way, the way of the Lord, to be known on earth.  It is critical for us to know His way to be able to walk in His way.  And walking with Him in His way is the most powerful way to live there is.  There is a call for praise from all the people to God.  “Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you”!  The call is for all of us to praise Him – not just a few, but all peoples!

We’re reminded of the reality that Christ is coming back and will judge all people.  “You judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth”.  We will stand before Him and give account.  He is in control now, and forever, so we need to prepare for that day.  And the psalmist again repeats the call for all to praise God.  This judgment is not something to get us down.  The fact that we can stand before God and be set free from life on earth into eternity with God is an amazing promise.  It is more than worthy of our praise!

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”!  When we share God’s heart and vision for the world, we will be blessed.  God is the source of all blessing.  That blessing happens when we are lined up with His plan.  He blesses us as we live out His heart and use that blessing to impact people in our patch.  The psalmist repeats the fact that God will bless us twice in a row – it is confident expectation that He will never fail.  God is the source and worthy of all our praise!

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