“May God be gracious to us and bless us; look on us with favor (Selah) so that Your way may be known on earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let the peoples praise You, God; let all the peoples praise You. Let the nations rejoice and shout for joy, for You judge the peoples with fairness and lead the nations on earth. (Selah) Let the peoples praise You, God, let all the peoples praise You. The earth has produced its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. God will bless us, and all the ends of the earth will fear Him.” Psalms 67:1-7
Though Psalm 67 is officially annonous, it was probably written by David (based on its synoptic content with his other writing). He wrote it for the choir director and said, “here, sing this sometime”!
He starts with asking God to bless the entire congregation-in his cases, the entire Nation of Israel. He asks God to give them His favor-tangible evidence that God is one our side!
Next, he writes “selah” which was a musical pause, allowing the worshippers a time to meditate on the last phrase. So David’s saying, “God, bless us and give us Your favor”, now worshipper, stop and thk about what this looks like in your life”! (I personally believe this was a lyrical pause whr music continued and people personally and sometimes even corporately sang a new song or sang in the Spirit.)
The Psalmist continues, telling God to make His way and salvation known to ALL peoples, not just his.
He tgen calls all the people of the earth-every nation, to join him in praising God! He continues, “Let the nations rejoice and shout for joy, for You judge the peoples with fairness and lead the nations on earth.” The call is for all to praise and worship God Who judges all fairly. Then there’s another “Selah” . . .
The Psalmist finishes his psalm with another, “let all the peoples, all the nations, everyone on earth praise God”, for God has made the earth to produce food for all and blesses all!
There are MANY things we, the people of the earth hold in common that are straight up blessings from God. As we move thru our daily lives, we should honor God by bringing these things to peoples notice and by willingly and openingly praising God for them.
Think about it!
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