Lectionary Reflection for the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

This excerpt comes from Psalms for All Seasons, commenting on Psalm 67:

Psalm 67 is a communal expression of desire for God’s blessing so that the whole world will come to acknowledge God.

The psalm has a chiastic, or mirror, structure: it begins and ends with an expression of desire for God’s blessing (vv. 1, 7).

This frames an acknowledgement that God is the source of both deliverance and harvest (vv. 2, 6), an expression of desire that all peoples will bless God (vv. 3, 5) with a statement of confession of God’s just and sovereign rule at the center (v. 4).

The psalm echoes the Aaronic benediction (Num. 6:24-26) but also extends its focus by suggesting that this blessing is for the benefit of the nations.

Prayer for reflection:

God of all,
may your lavish grace and saving power by known by all people in all places,
so that the world may resound with your praise
as all nations bow before your loving rule made known in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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