Psalm 67

Psalm 67
God Praised in the Millennium by Israel and the Nations
Psalm 67. This is a Psalm that was intended to be played “on stringed instruments”, and was likely written by David, although we cannot be sure. This Psalm gives us the expressions of restored Israel in the Millennium, as they praise God and call on the nations to praise with them. The blessing of the earth is seen in Psalm 67 as the result of Israel’s restoration! This is the meaning of Rom. 11:15; “For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?” This Psalm is also remarkable because it shows how the animosity between Jews and Gentiles will be broken down in that day.
To the chief Musician. On stringed instruments. A Psalm: a Song.
1 God be gracious unto us, and bless us, and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah,
2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy salvation among all nations.
vv.1-2 Israel’s Blessing. Israel calls for the blessing of God upon them, that God’s ways and power unto salvation might be known on the earth, not just to Israel but “among all nations”.
3 Let the peoples praise thee, O God, let all the peoples praise thee.
4 Let the nations rejoice and sing for joy: for thou wilt judge the peoples equitably; and the nations upon earth, thou wilt guide them. Selah.
vv.3-4 The Nations’ Praise. Israel calls on the nations to praise God; “let all the peoples praise thee”. The nations will experience “joy” in a way they have never known when Messiah is on earth, and the kingdom is established in manifest power. The peoples will be in a state to rejoice because of of the righteous government of God on the earth; “for thou wilt judge the peoples equitably”. This government is not merely punitive. God will “guide them” into the path of blessing; when righteousness is established, the nations will prosper socially, economically, etc. This is why it says Christ will “shepherd them with an iron rod” (Rev. 2:27). It will be an iron rod, but it will be shepherding.
5 Let the peoples praise thee, O God; let all the peoples praise thee.
6 The earth will yield her increase; God, our God, will bless us:
7 God will bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
vv.5-6 The Blessing of Israel and the Earth. Israel calls again on the nations to praise God, and anticipates the day when the “the creature itself also shall be set free from the bondage of corruption” (Rom. 8:21). In that day, “the earth will yield her increase”. Israel will be blessed, and they own God as their own; “God, our God, will bless us”. The two great results of the Millennial reign is that Israel will be blessed, and all nations will fear God!
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