Psalm 67: Christ’s Coming Kingdom

Posted on July 26, 2019

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By David Ettinger

Twofold Psalm
Psalm 67 is a twofold psalm: It is both a wish and a preview of the future.

This magnificent 7-verse gem, whose author is not identified, tells of Christ’s coming Millennial (1,000-year) Kingdom. It is written from a perspective of longing and desire, but also delivers to God’s people the promise of what awaits us.

The Wish
Verses 1-2 read: “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us – so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.”

The wish here is that God will be glorified throughout the entire Earth. This should be the ultimate desire for every believer. Note how the Psalm’s writer asks for God to bless His people – in this case, Israel – but not so they can horde all the rewards for themselves.

Rather, the writer knows that if Israel is blessed, God will be glorified. In Exodus 19:5-6, God promised Israel: “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

The writer’s cry to God is that He would turn the Israelites’ hearts within them that they may devote themselves to Him as His priests. Had Israel fulfilled this purpose, the Lord would indeed have been blessed as the heathen nations would behold Israel’s abundant reward and give glory to the great God who provided such blessing.

The Ideal World
Verses 3-5 read: “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; may all the peoples praise you.”

In this soaring passage, the writer is imagining a world where Israel has fulfilled her purpose. Note the seven uses of the terms “peoples” or “nations.” The focus has turned from Israel to the nations of the world because obedient Israel has done her job and the peoples of the world have responded as God said they would.

They have come to know this gracious God of Israel, and recognize that he is their God as well. Recognizing his goodness and glory, they are filled with praise, gladness, singing, and joy. An obedient people is a praising, joyful people, and God richly rewards those who honor Him!

Endless Blessing!
Verses 6-7 read: “The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him.”

Spiritual blessings resulting from obedience to God yield physical blessings, as reflected in the bountiful harvest the nations will experience. Because it is God who is blessing, the sense of this passage is that this is a permanent state; that the time of cursing has passed and has been replaced by everlasting bounty.  

Notice, too, that this “God” who blesses is not simply some far-off deity, but is “God, our God” – a very personal, specific, and loving God who both knows His people and is known by them.

Christ’s Kingdom
The entirety of Psalm 67 is but a wish – a longing of the heart which has never become a reality.

But the day is coming when Psalm 67 will no long be a wish, but an actuality. There is coming a 1,000-year time period (Revelation 20:1-6) when Jesus will rule the world in glory, righteousness, might, and justice (Isaiah Chapter 11; 65:17-66:23). And in that wondrous day, every wish of the human heart will be fulfilled!