Psalm Chapter 67 (KJV)

Psalm Chapter 67 (KJV)

the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm [or] Song.

Context

Psalm 67 is a royal psalm of thanksgiving. The psalm articulates the appreciativeness of the people to God and their trust in His ongoing blessings.

  1. The psalm begins with a blessing by the Old Testament (OT) pastor (verse 1).
  2. A reflection of the Aaronic blessing noted in Numbers 6:24-26).
  3. Then a call to worship by the people (verses 2-5).
  4. Finally, they express their trust in God’s continued blessings (verses 6-7).

Verses 1-7: This psalm develops two positive themes: 1) the need and result of God’s mercy for His people who continue to worship him, and 2) it points to a future time when all of the world will worship of God. The psalm reflects the promise to Abraham that God would bless his descendants, and in Abraham, “all the families of the earth” (Gen. 12:1-3).

Lord may the peoples praise you continually.

1 God be merciful unto us, and bless us, and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah. The psalmist makes a request of God. He wants YHWH to be gracious to them and bless them as his face shines upon them, not just David but the entire community.  This prayer reflects the priestly prayer in Numbers 6:24– 26 The Lord bless thee, and keep thee:The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.” God blesses his people not just through bounteous crops (jobs that provide for them and their families), but also through the rich relationship that they have with The Almighty. His face is a metaphor for his presence among his people.  Have you ever spent time in prayer and felt a type ofpeace and joy that is just overwhelming? That is “his face or his presence” (See Ps. 44:23– 24.)

That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. David looks to the future and the fulfillment of God promise to Abraham in (Gen. 12:1-3). He speaks of all of humanity coming to know God because of the lifestyle of his people Israel. They were to be the template that all of humanity would be stamped out of, or the mold through which they would be molded. Exodus 19:6(KJV) talks about Israel’s role in God’s master plan. And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.” Our great commisison today is chronicled in Mark 16:15 “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”  The Gospel which points out the way, and is called the way of God in Acts 18:25“This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.” What a prophetic moment for David! Galatians 3:28 “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” God’s ways are not as man’s ways. We are too concerned with this world. Church, we need to focus on God and His Word, and not on earthly happenings. Only HE has absolute power. Only HE can “Fix” this “meshugas” that we call the world!

 All nations will praise you, Oh God!

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Jerusalem will become the capital of ALL of the people in this world. “People”: A referencse the inclusion of the Gentile nations in the millennial kingdom of God (just look at these scriptures Isa. 56:3-8; 60:1-14; Zech. 14:16-19; Matt. 8:11; 25:31-46; Rev. 20:1-10). God is not a separatist. He does not believe in exclusion of people!

O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.

David did not see Isrel as separate and apart from the rest of the world, better than the rest of the world, or the rest of the world to be subservient to Israel. No! He saw Israel as an example for the rest of the world. An example that would lead the entire world to praise God! What a calling!

Thanks for the bountiful harvest.

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.When god is worshipped everything is blessed, even nature! Deuteronomy 28:4 (KJV) Blessed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy ground, and the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him. Nothing is more important to God than the saving of humanity. He wants the entire world to accept Christ as its savior. 1 Timothy 4:10 “For therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, specially of those that believe.” Jesus gave his human body and life on the cross so that ALL of humanity can be saved. Some will refuse to accept that wonderful gift. Salvation is for whosoever will. Even so there will be atime when none will be able to make the choice anymore and time will cease to exist. The church is looking forward to that day. Revelation 22:17 “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gift of eternal life, a life filled with spiritual peace and bounty!

FIVE HAZARDS TO AVOID THAT AFFECT HAPPINESS: By Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott

Just like a skilled golfer who surveys their course for bunkers and hazards, we need to survey our future. Relationships with your spouse, family, and friends will be much smoother if you examine your journey ahead and take note of potential hazards to your happiness.

Planning for your future goes far beyond finances and basic means. It should also include a plan for your happiness that avoids any unnecessary bumps in the road. Today, we are exposing five hurdles that can steal your happiness; but only if you let them.

1. COMPARING OURSELVES TO OTHERS

The reason comparing ourselves to others sabotages our happiness is simple – we immediately become ungrateful. Jealousy overrides gratitude. So how can you turn this kind of negative comparison around? Stop focusing on negative comparisons and substitute them with a positive one. In other words, consider people who don’t have it as well as you do. The instant you realize how blessed you are is the moment your gratitude will increase, and your dissatisfaction will dissipate.

2. HOLDING ON TO PRIDE

Pride is a saboteur of happiness. It has a way of seeping into our conversations even when we are consciously inclined to avoid it. Research shows that when pride sets in, a partner will continue an argument 24 percent of the time even if they know they are wrong. And a full 74 percent will fight on even if they feel it’s a loss.

How can you avoid pride? By allowing humility to take its place. Humility isn’t for cowards, it’s risky. Humility makes us vulnerable, but it also makes possible everything we truly want to be. Without humility, it’s nearly impossible to engender kindness and warmth with our spouse and others. Humility will help you find happiness in your marriage.

3. OBSESSING OVER THE PAST

Your present is inextricably linked to your past. When you are weighed down by regret, pain or guilt over things that happened two decades ago, two weeks ago and even two hours ago, you will not be able to live fully in the present. Any attention you give to your past can’t help but distract you from your current relationships.

How do you overcome this? By healing your hurts. Focus where it hurts and get over any past jealousy, irritation, hurt, or trust issues that are lingering. It’s a process of self-exploration that can sometimes be lengthy, but is well worth it. When you can avoid obsessing over the past, you can fully enjoy the present.

4. FIXATING ON THE FUTURE

Planning for the future is a good thing, but putting your current life on hold because you are so fixated on “what will be” is not. Never allow your happiness to wait for you in the future. If you have the “once I complete this goal, then I will be happy” mentality you are missing out on the current happiness you can have now.

Life is here and now – not there and then. It’s good to have goals, but focus on making yourself happy while you work on obtaining them. Don’t spend your life preparing to live. Do your best to live in the present. Happiness need not be put on hold.

5. GIVING IN TO THE SILVER MEDAL SYNDROME

Not all medals are created equal. Research reveals that gold medal winners are happiest. But the next results were surprising; the bronze medalists were happier than the silver. Silver medalist think “I came so close to winning gold” while bronze medalists think “I almost didn’t get a medal and am grateful to be on the podium.” One reflects on what they have and the other reflects on what they don’t have.

This is the silver medal syndrome. It’s tempting to want more rather than be grateful for what we have. And when you focus on what you don’t have, happiness wanes. Don’t give in to the silver medal syndrome. Focus on what you have and be grateful for it.

As you move forward in life, keep an eye out for these five hazards – and stay focused on the happiness you have in the present. If you’d like to explore more on this topic, check out our book Making Happy.

Which of the five hazards do you get stuck on most often? How can you avoid this in the future? We’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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