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Psalm 67: The Grand Missionary Hymn

by | May 15, 2024

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This Psalm is a prophecy concerning the Kingdom of Christ, foretelling that it would be a spiritual kingdom, in which grace and the forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed – not only in Judea, but even throughout all nations. “Let the people praise thee, O God; yea, let all the people praise thee; for thou judgest the people righteously” – that is, “By the Gospel, You reign throughout all nations.” Jehovah judges all unrepentant sinners and hypocrites so that His people may be brought to give thanks to Him for His mercy, and to rejoice and praise the blessings of the Gospel. This sacrifice of praise and offering of thanks is the highest worship of God, and it is a sacrifice that is truly acceptable unto Him – for David does not here say, “The nations shall become proselytes, and shall be circumcised, and shall flock to Jerusalem”; but rather, “The nations shall sing praises unto God, and shall laud and magnify him.” The Gospel shall be preached among all nations, and the Kingdom of Christ – the Kingdom of grace and mercy – shall arise!

How admirably balanced are the parts of this missionary song! The people of the Lord long to see all the nations participating in their privileges – being “visited with God’s salvation, and gladdened with the gladness of his nation” (Ps. 106:5). They long to hear people from all around the globe, giving thanks to the Lord and blessing His name. They wish to see the face of the whole earth – which sin has darkened for so long – smiling with the brightness of a second Eden. This is not a passing sentiment. The desire is so expressed as to connect with it the thought of duty and responsibility, for how do they expect that the happy times are to be reached? They trust in the general diffusion of the knowledge of God’s ways, and the spreading abroad of the truth regarding the way of salvation. And with that in mind, they cry for a time of quickening from the presence of the Lord; and they take encouragement in this prayer from the words of the Divinely-appointed benediction in Numbers chapter 6. It is as if they were saying, “Have You not commanded the priests to put Your name upon us, and to say, ‘The Lord bless thee and keep thee; the Lord cause his face to shine on thee and be gracious to thee’? O Lord, remember that sure word of Yours! Be gracious unto us and bless us, and cause Your face to shine upon us. Let us be thus blessed, and we shall – in our turn – become a blessing to others. Then all the families of the earth shall, through us, become acquainted with Your salvation!” Such is the Church’s expectation and prayer. And who shall say it is unreasonable? The little group of 120 disciples who met in the upper room at Jerusalem were all persons of humble rank and inconspicuous talents; but they were endued with such power by the baptism of the Holy Spirit that within 300 years, the paganism of the Roman Empire was overthrown. And so we do not need to be afraid to affirm that for the evangelization of the world, nothing more is required than that the churches of Christendom be baptized with a fresh effusion of the same Holy Spirit of power!

O Lord, we pray that You would hasten the making known of Your ways throughout the earth. We beseech the Father to bless us and keep us; the Son to make His face to shine upon us, and be gracious unto us; and the Holy Spirit to lift up His countenance upon us, and give us peace! Amen.

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