Today, Friday June 16
“Let All the Peoples Praise You”
“God be merciful to us and bless us, And cause His face to shine upon us. Selah
That Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Oh, let the nations be glad and sing for joy! For You shall judge the people righteously, And govern the nations on earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.”
Psalm 67 is a song to be sung, or a psalm to be read that will lift up our hearts to praise and worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! In John 4:23-24, Jesus told the woman at the well that “true worshippers must worship Him in spirit and in truth”. I’m convinced that true worship comes from a heart full of the Word of God, and the purest worship is when we read or sing God’s own words of praise back to Him. Jesus prayed in John 17:17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”
This is one of the reasons that for over 50 years, I have attempted daily to either read at least five Psalms out loud or listen to them being read! This spiritual exercise each day prepares my mind and heart to have intimate conversation and communion with my Lord! I highly recommend everyone to read as least one Psalm a day!
In verses 1-2, the psalmist is praying for “God to be merciful to us and bless us….”. Notice the emphasis on “us”. He is asking for God’s blessings and glory to shine upon his people, the nation of Israel. God planted the nation of Israel in the “middle” of the Middle East, the center of the world, to make Himself known to the world through them. As they obeyed His Laws and submitted to His rule over them, He would bless them with abundance, with peace, with security, and most of all, with His glorious presence!
Then all the nations of the world would want to know who their God is and accept Him as their own God (vv. 3-5). “Let the peoples praise You….”. And when they do, “the nations will be glad and sing for joy.” These three verses form the heart of the psalm and focus on the Gentile nations worshiping and praising the God of Israel.
Today, the nations have conspired to dethrone the Lord, and they want nothing of "his ways" Psalm 2:1-3 describes this: “Why do the nations rage, And the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, And the rulers take counsel together, Against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, "Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us."
But the day will come when all the nations will come to the mountain of the Lord and worship the God of Jacob This will be the fulfillment of Isaiah’s vision and prophecy in Isaiah 2:2-4: “Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the LORD'S house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, And rebuke many people; They shall beat their swords into plowshares, And their spears into pruning hooks; Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, Neither shall they learn war anymore.”
When Jesus Christ establishes His kingdom, He will “righteously judge the peoples and govern the nations on the earth” (v. 4). The prayer in these verses is the Old Testament equivalent of "Thy kingdom come" in the Lord's Prayer (Matt. 6:9-13). Because there is no king in Israel today, the nations of the world are doing as they please (Judg. 17:6; 18:11; 19:1; 21:25), but that will all change when the kingdoms of the world belong to Jesus Christ (Rev. 11:15).
Today, the people of the earth are blinded by Satan to the glory of God and the truth of His salvation through Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul describes this, and how we can bring the message of hope to them in 2 Corinthians 4:3-6: “But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
My friend, the glory of God dwells in us as believers, and today in the midst of the darkness of this age, we have the great responsibility and privilege to reflect the glorious “face” and life of Jesus Christ in “our mortal bodies” (2 Cor. 4: 10-11). We do this as we humbly live in submission to His Word and will!