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A hymn of joyous harvest praise
 

Daily Scripture

Psalm 67:1-7

1 Let God grant us grace and bless us;
    let God make his face shine on us,
2 so that your way becomes known on earth,
    so that your salvation becomes known among all the nations.
3 Let the people thank you, God!
    Let all the people thank you!
4     Let the people celebrate
        and shout with joy
        because you judge the nations fairly
        and guide all nations on the earth.
5 Let the people thank you, God!
    Let all the people thank you!
6 The earth has yielded its harvest.
    God blesses us—our God blesses us!
7 Let God continue to bless us;
    let the far ends of the earth honor him.

Reflection Questions

At the start, this psalm sounded like a “generic” expression of thanks to God. Not until verse 6 was the reason for gratitude specified: the vines and fields have produced a harvest. Scholar John Goldingay noted, “A traditional society cannot assume that this year’s harvest implies fruitfulness next year. There are no such guarantees… this year’s blessing makes people pray more earnestly for next year’s blessing. It will be an expression of God’s grace, and it will issue from God’s face beaming out to them.”*

  • Tragedies like the terrible fires that have destroyed so much in Paradise, CA and other communities remind us that we, too, have no guarantee that our comforts and abundance will always continue uninterrupted. What ways have you learned to remind yourself to thank God for the good things in your life, rather than taking them for granted?
  • The psalm’s thanksgiving was not just for a good harvest for Israel. “The prayer that this blessing of Israel will lead the ends of the earth to revere God links with the blessing given to Abraham, that all the world will pray to be blessed as Abraham is blessed (Genesis 12:1-3). The idea is that the world will see God’s ‘way,’ the pattern of God’s acting in relation to Israel.”** Have you learned to ask God in your thanks and prayers to bless not only your family, community and country, but “all the nations,” “the far ends of the earth”?

Prayer

Lord God, you are the ultimate source of all good things, and I thank you. Help me play my part in spreading that good news to the far ends of the earth. Amen.


* John Goldingay, Psalms for Everyone, Part 1: Psalms 1–72. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013, p. 204.

** Ibid.

Read today's Insight by Denise Mersmann

Denise serves as the Early Childhood Coordinating Assistant at Church of the Resurrection.

 
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