By Mae Stallard
March 7, 2014
“Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.” (Psalm 67:5)
The Book of Psalms is the largest and perhaps most widely used book in the Bible. It explores the full range of human experiences in a very personal and practical way. Its 150 songs run from the Creation through the different periods, covering many, many, topics. The Psalms were set to the accompaniment of stringed instruments and served as the temple handbook and devotional guide for the Jewish people.
Almost half of the Psalms (seventy three) are designated as Davidic, and his wide experience as shepherd, musician, warrior, and king is reflected in these psalms. Fifty of the psalms are anonymous. Some of the anonymous psalms are traditionally attributed to Ezra.
The central theme of the Book of Psalms is worship. God is worthy of all praise because of who He is, what He has done, and what He will do. The psalms extend through all time and eternity. The psalms present personal responses to God as they reflect on His program for His people. Many of the psalms survey the Word of God and the attributes of God, especially during difficult times. This kind of faith produces confidence in His power in spite of circumstances.
The Psalter is really five books in one, and each book ends with a doxology. The last psalm is the closing doxology for Book 5 and for the Psalter as a whole.
The outline of Psalms: Book one—Psalm 1-41; Book Two—Psalms 42-72; Book Three—Psalms 73-89; Book Four—Psalms 90-106; Book Five—Psalms 107-150.
Psalm 67 is a psalm of praise, and serves as a marvelous invocation and doxology in worship. The poem calls the nations of the world to praise God, to join Israel in honoring the Creator. The Psalmist calls for God to smile on His people Israel in such a manner that the message of God’s way would become known throughout the earth. God’s desire is for all people to praise Him, for He is their Creator and their Provider. This should also be the desire of God’s people because He deserves our praise all the time.
Let all the people praise the Lord,
Let all the nations be glad and sing for joy,
For He will judge the people righteously,
And govern the nations on the earth—each man, woman, girl, and boy.
Then the earth shall yield her increase,
And God shall bless everyone,
All the ends of the earth shall fear Him,
But praising Him for all He has done.
Dear Father, we praise you and thank you for all your blessings. In Jesus’ holy name we pray. Amen.