To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us,
2 that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.
3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth.
5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!
6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us.
7 God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him!
Psalm 67 is not the longest of the Psalms. Yet this psalm has some pretty wonderful things for us to bring into focus. Psalm 67 is a harvest psalm, very fitting for us as we take in the bounty of our gardens and as the tractors hit the fields to receive the fruits of the land-corn, beets, wheat, all these things in abundance from the gracious hand of God. But this psalm leads us to a higher praise to God, a greater harvest; the salvation of ALL people.
Let’s look at this psalm a little more closely.
1: All the wonderful harvest of the corn in the fields and our tables abounding with food is the fulfilling of God’s promise to care for and bless His people. We, His Church, are blessed in Christ Jesus to the abounding grace and life won for us by Jesus’ death and resurrection.
2: Why are we so blessed? The church proclaiming Jesus Christ is blessed to be the unveiled presence of God’s grace to the whole world that the ways of God may be known to ALL people, ALL nations! It is here in the church that the merciful and loving face of God’s grace in Jesus Christ is made known to the whole world. This confession of the Christ is the rock on which the church will stand until the final joyous harvest to come.
3-5: As the gospel is preached, let ALL the people praise God. His salvation is for all people. His death and resurrection is for the salvation of all nations. May the harvest of souls baptized into Christ Jesus cover the earth with faith that will praise His name.
6-7: And now the final words rejoice again in the prospect of the lost being found, the heathen being saved! Now no longer saying “May” but that the earth “Has” yielded its fruit. Faith believes that God will accomplish what he says and thus the church may rejoice in what God says He Will do as if He has already done so. Today, already, we may rejoice that the harvest is being brought in by the gracious and mighty hand of God!
So, as you see the tractors in the field, or the piles of food at the farmers market, let your heart sing praises to the Lord God. Yes, I know there are many things that seem so dark and dreary right now. Think instead on Christ and the promise of God fulfilled. Praise His name - that all the ends of the earth may know Him and His saving power in Jesus. Be filled with joy. The day will come when the final harvest will break forth and God will send His angels to gather His faithful and bring them into the storehouse of heaven.
There, we will rejoice forever.