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Psalms 67

Garner-Howes Baptist CommentaryGarner-Howes

Verses 1-7

Psalms 67

Prayer For Mercy Psalm

Scripture v. 1-7:

Verse 1 Is a Davidic prayer for the God, (the Elohim) of sustaining power, to be merciful toward Israel and ’With" Israel, to bless them, to be or exist as their source of blessedness. He adds "may He cause his face (bright, favorable countenance) to shine upon and with us. Selah," and let us find spiritual nourishment in this. This alludes to the Mosaic blessing of Israel from days of old, as set forth Numbers 6:24­26; Psalms 4:6; Psalms 31:16; Deuteronomy 28:1-14. See also Psalms 119:135; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Matthew 6:10.

Verse 2 explains that his plea for mercy, blessings, and the favor of God on Israel is that God’s way of grace might be known, come to be recognized, through all the earth, Acts 13:10; Acts 18:25; Acts 22:4. The Strophic refrain adds, "that thy saving health among all nations," might be know, that He would save penitent sinners who turned to trust in Him, Luke 2:30; Titus 2:11. He desired and longed for the day when God’s promise to Abraham and his seed of the Messiah might be fulfilled, Genesis 12; Genesis 18; Genesis 26:4; Isaiah 60:3.

Verses 3, 4 call for praise from all the people of the earth. It is in nature, a prophetic prayer to the time of the return of the Messiah to Israel, when her Lord will draw all nations to recognize Him as savior and Lord of those who trust in Him, Isaiah 2:4; Psalms 66:4; Isaiah 24:15-16. He asks that all nations rejoice, and be glad, and sing for joy, because the coming Messiah would rule, guide, and judge the people and all nations righteously; because of His holiness of nature, and justice in all His acts. Selah, for it is an occasion for meditation, Psalms 96:10; Psalms 98:9; Isaiah 58:11; Psalms 45:6.

Verse 5 calls for the people, the masses, all the people of the earth to offer praise to the Lord, as His triumph over sin and evil had already been completed, as definitively given, Revelation 5:9-14.

Verse 6 adds that then "the earth shall yield her fruit," in abundance, not restrained by lack of rain, by diseases, or by pests, insects, etc.; for their own living, sustaining Elohim God would be their present blessing, for every need, as described at length, Leviticus 26:4; Psalms 85:12; Ezekiel 34:27; 1 Corinthians 3:6-9.

Verse 7 concludes that God shall bless us, His people Israel, and His church, that He has then taken to Himself, with the Bridegroom, Revelation 19:7-9. Then shall all the earth fear or reverence Him, in a manner that is due Him, a thing they have never done before that hour, Psalms 22:27; Revelation 5:9-14; Revelation 19:5-16.

Bibliographical Information
Garner, Albert & Howes, J.C. "Commentary on Psalms 67". Garner-Howes Baptist Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/ghb/psalms-67.html. 1985.
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