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Psalm 67

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"May the peoples praise you, let the nations be glad. All your blessings come, that we may praise, May praise the name of Jesus!"

 Yep, you guessed it. Another Getty hymn is entering our worship services this week.  This song is inspired by Psalm 67. This psalm is a call to worship and mission packed into 7 verses. Let's read it together:


May God be gracious to us and bless us

    and make his face shine on us—[b]
so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.

May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
    for you rule the peoples with equity
    and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
    may all the peoples praise you.

The land yields its harvest;
    God, our God, blesses us.
May God bless us still,
    so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.

Verse 1 is a call back to the priestly prayer of Numbers 6:25.  The Psalmist continues with the plea of the blessing of God, not for selfish gain, but that the ways of the Lord might be shown on the earth, and that God might bring salvation to all nations. The author has obviously experienced the blessing of the Lord and it has caused him to sing and worship.  His desire for the whole of the earth to enjoy this same wonder and care that the Lord him is evident in the repetition of "May the Peoples praise you".

The Getty's have masterfully woven these 7 verses into a great song of uplifting praise to the Lord.  This song is a plea from His church to answer the prayer of the Psalmist and deliver His salvation to the nations.  It is also a resounding call to action for the church. We must realize that it is a privilege to take the name of Jesus around the world. But we must first nuture "seeds of mercy" within us for the lost around the world. The deep desire for the nations to worship Jesus is found in this simple bridge, "Holy, holy, is the Lord Almighty. Worthy, worthy, is the Lamb who was slain. All creation praise His glorious name"

Come to church this weekend ready to sing this great song of praise!

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