May Everyone Praise You (Psalm 67)

Psalm 67 (CEV)

(A psalm and a song for the music leader. Use with stringed instruments.)

Tell the Nations To Praise God

67 Our God, be kind and bless us!
    Be pleased and smile.
Then everyone on earth
    will learn to follow you,
    and all nations will see
    your power to save us.

Make everyone praise you
    and shout your praises.
Let the nations celebrate
    with joyful songs,
    because you judge fairly
    and guide all nations.
Make everyone praise you
    and shout your praises.

Our God has blessed the earth
    with a wonderful harvest!
Pray for his blessings
    to continue
    and for everyone on earth
    to worship our God.

There seem to be two ways of reading this Psalm :

  • a prayer that God will bless us
  • or a prayer that people will acknowledge God and praise him

It’s a pretty sorry state if we only worship God because he blesses us.  We praise God, because he is; he blesses us because of who he is.   We don’t want to get into the business of defining “blessing”.  But the more we get caught up in praising God, the more of his blessings we will notice.

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