Thursday, January 18, 2018

Comment on a Psalm

The psalmist is clear. He is asking God to bless Israel. But he is also clear about why he is asking for that blessing. It all turns on the word 'that'.
that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.
You might call this an evangelistic psalm. Our author wants God's amazing ways known and acknowledged among all the peoples of the earth, all the nations. And that's why he asks God to bless him and the rest of the saints. You might paraphrase his thought like this: 'Bless us so that we will be a blessing to those who are all around us so that they would join us in worshiping You.' Good thought.