He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands

I’m sure that most of you remember singing the song as a child, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”  Today, we will begin looking at Psalm 67, which is known for its “whole world” perspective on God’s blessing.

May God be gracious to us and bless us

and make his face to shine upon us, Selah

    that your way may be known on earth,

your saving power among all nations.

    Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you!

    Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,

for you judge the peoples with equity

and guide the nations upon earth. Selah

    Let the peoples praise you, O God;

let all the peoples praise you!

    The earth has yielded its increase;

God, our God, shall bless us.

    God shall bless us;

let all the ends of the earth fear him! [1] (Psalm 67)

The Psalmist praises God to the ends of the created order, offering three reasons that God’s community is called to prove his purposes in blessing them.  First, everyone in that community has experienced God’s grace and knows that God offers it to all people. – if only the rest would come to know that same grace (vv. 1-3).  Second, God rules in righteousness and guides all the earth – it is time for the whole earth to acknowledge his just leading (vv. 4,5).  Third God has been good to his community – the nations need to see this and come to know his goodness as well (vv 6 -7)

As you think about his Psalm, consider the implications for the nations in your own words as a prayer to God.


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ps 67:1–7). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

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