Let the Whole Earth, and Each Diminished Person, Hear His Voice

Scripture Resource Passage: Psalm 67

When your heart is hungry, screaming for soul-filling food, adding praise is an excellent nutritional strategy. Psalm 67 can enrich your spiritual diet—He Who is the Bread of Life resides here. 

Psalm 67 encourages us to reflect that though the land of Israel is a small place God’s interest is expansive. If we imagined God’s love was limited to the 8,000+ square miles of Palestine and the millions of genetically descended sons and daughters of Abraham, Psalm 67 advises our thinking is too small.

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Psalm 67

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.

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.

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.

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As you read today’s Scripture passage feast on the phrases: “the ends of the earth, all the peoples,” and “salvation among all nations.” These words, and views from the Hubble space telescope, were written centuries before God’s extensive salvation was pictured in the Bible’s final book, the book of Revelation. Scripture’s final words speaking specifically of Christ: “…you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation” (Revelation 5:9b). Come to the Feast of the Lamb as the whole Earth, each diminished person and the vastness of the universe, hears His voice.

Life Application

  1. When sadness or pain come your way seek out one of the songs of faith which mirror Scripture. Robert Robinson and John Wyeth in the 1700’s combined to provide God’s people with, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. Keith Getty and Stuart Townend recently gave God’s people, In Christ Alone. Each song is available through many online platforms. The words of In Christ Alone, the final stanza:

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath,
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand:
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

2. God’s global people continue to develop engagement strategies. Check out www.lausanne.org for encouragement. The expansive intention of God’s redemption surfaced in the Lausanne Conference which published, Let the Whole Earth Hear His Voice, in 1974.

3. As always, your responses are most welcome.

Published by Andrew Simkins

Dr. Andrew Simkins provides spiritual direction for individuals and small groups through the regular blog posts found on this site. He resides in northwest Indiana with his beloved, along with nearby children and grandchildren who are the adornment of his life.

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