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FRAMEWORKS: Psa 67: A Desire for God to be known throughout the earth


For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm. A song.


[Preliminary Comments: This unknown psalmist has one thing on his heart – that God be glorified throughout the earth. His starting point is that they, as a people, be blessed by God [v.1] so that they will be able to reveal to the rest of the earth His goodness [implied v.2]. He wants all people to be able to praise God [v.3] as they come under His rule [v.4] Note how v.4 is sandwiched between two identical desires for the peoples of the earth to praise him. The Promised Land is a blessed place [v.6] and the psalmist desires that this blessing will increase [echoing v.1] so the world will know and fear and honour the Lord [v.7]. Verses 1 & 7 sandwich the rest as they call for the Lord to bless the nation even more and verses 2 to 6 put the content in, that that will mean the world will see and honour the Lord and come under His rule.]


PART 1: Bless us to bless the world


v.1 A desire for God's blessing


v.1  May God be gracious to us and bless us
     and make his face shine on us—

v.2 That desires means God will be revealed throughout the earth


v.2  so that your ways may be known on earth,
     your salvation among all nations.



PART 2: May the world praise God as it comes under His rule


v.3 It will mean that all the peoples will praise God


v.3 *see v.5  May the peoples praise you, God;
     may all the peoples praise you.

v.4 His desire for more nations to come under God's rule


v.4  May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
     for you rule the peoples with equity
     and guide the nations of the earth.

v.5 His desire for all peoples to praise God


v.5 *see v.3   May the peoples praise you, God;
     may all the peoples praise you.


PART 3: Their testimony so the earth will see


v.6 They, as people, know God's wonderful provision


v.6  The land yields its harvest;
     God, our God, blesses us.

v.7 His desire for all the earth to see this and fear and honour the Lord


v.7  May God bless us still,
     so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.



[Additional Comments: The awareness of the psalmist, of God's desire to be seen throughout the earth, reflects what comes through all the early leaders of Israel, that the nation is to reveal God to the rest of the world, for example

•  with Abram – Gen 12:2,3, 18:17,18, 22:15-18
•  with Isaac – Gen 26:2-4
•  with Jacob – Gen 28:13,14
•  with Moses – Ex 15:14-16, Deut 2:24,25, 4:5,6, 28:8-10
•  with Joshua – Josh 4:23,24
•  with David – 1 Chron 16:4,24 & various psalms
•  with Solomon – 1 Kings 4:29-34, 8:41-43, 10:1-10 esp.

Faith in God is never to be kept to yourself, for it is His desire to be seen by all the earth, revealed through His people.]



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