God Bless Us, Every One (Psalm 67)

God Bless Us, Every One
May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you rule the peoples with equity
and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
тау all the peoples praise you (PSALM 67:3-5)
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When God brings grace, guidance, and goodness to his people and when God’s people allow him to govern, he receives the glory. Just imagine, if God’s people were living with changed hearts, purposeful direction, and abundance that they couldn’t help but share, the world would be changed and alive with praise to God.
We can’t expect the world to let God guide if God’s people don’t let him guide. We can’t expect the world to let God govern if God’s people won’t let him govern. So often our very lives distort and corrupt the grace, guidance, and goodness that God has to offer.

And even worse, we hoard all that God gives so that we can flourish even while the world is suffering without God’s blessing—a blessing that is ours to share.
Ultimately, all God does for us is not just or even primarily for our good but for his glory. To be blessed by God is to be ready to be used by God. One day all the earth will fear him and give him the reverence, respect, and honor he deserves. That is the greatest blessing of all —when all the redeemed of all the earth unite in the worship of the only one who is worthy.

52 Weeks Through the Psalms

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Sometimes I have to scratch my head over the fact that there are billions of people on this planet who don’t know the God who created them, nor could they care less. Like the psalmist, I want all the peoples to praise God. I want all the nations to be glad and sing for joy. Why? For three reasons.
First and foremost, God is worthy of our praises. He’s worthy of everyone’s praises. Second, praising God for who he is changes us and I believe our act of praising can change our circumstances…or at least the react to them. Many a person now in turmoil could be transformed in the midst of their trial by adopting an attitude of praise as they pass through their difficulties. Third, I like to envision what planet Earth would be like if all the peoples would praise God. Think of it! How would that affect the way we live on this globe? Wars would cease as we’d lay down our weapons at his feet. Strife would end as races and nationalities would come together in praise of God. We would be more motivated to help one another—to do as Jesus commanded and feed the hungry, visit the prisoners, and aid the widows and orphans. Not out of compulsion, but out of compassion.
When Christ returns we shall see that day. I can hardly wait!

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James Merritt. 52 Weeks Through The Psalms Devotional. Harvest House Publishers. Eugene, Oregon, 2018.