Missiology Through Scripture – Psalm 67

“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. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 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!” – Psalm 67

Psalm 67 is a testament of God’s people focusing on missions. Israel, in this psalm, is singing not only to be blessed, but that God will also focus his blessings on the Gentiles. The Israelites sing that God will bring himself greater glory by expanding his global influence. The focus of this psalm is God’s people asking that his salvation and praise may spread throughout the earth. The universal perspective of Psalm 67 is remarkable. The global focus is quite visionary even when compared to the rest of Scripture.

The emphasis of Psalm 67 is a call for missions. It calls for disciples of God to be blessed, not only for our own pleasure, but so our joy in God will reflect his glory to the nations. H.D.M. Spence-Jones stated, “The real idea of the psalm appears to be an aspiration after the general conversion of the world, to be effected by God’s special manifestation of his mercy upon Israel. This will draw all nations to him.”[1] It is God working to bring the nations to himself. God may work through man, but the results, and thus the glory, are God’s alone.

Christians should not view blessings as rewards. Blessings are not always to bless us. They come to us not for what we have done, but what God has done.  The purpose God blesses us is to bring glory to himself. It is so others in the world will see God more clearly. Psalm 67 shows the people of God are not to be concerned with simply their own lives or circumstances within their own borders. God’s disciples are to be concerned about the eternal condition of all races, tongues, and tribes. God does not bless his chosen people because they are good or worthy. God’s followers, to bring him glory, are called to also have a burden for other nations.

 

[1] H. D. M. Spence-Jones, ed., Psalms, vol. 2, The Pulpit Commentary (London; New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company, 1909), 40.