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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 67

This psalm relates to the church and is calculated for the public. Here is, I. A prayer for the prosperity of the church of Israel, Ps. 67:1. II. A prayer for the conversion of the Gentiles and the bringing of them into the church, Ps. 67:2-5. III. A prospect of happy and glorious times when God shall do this, Ps. 67:6, 7. Thus was the psalmist carried out by the spirit of prophecy to foretel the glorious estate of the Christian church, in which Jews and Gentiles should unite in one flock, the... read more

Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Psalms 67:1-7

The composition of this psalm is such as denotes the penman's affections to have been very warm and lively, by which spirit of devotion he was elevated to receive the spirit of prophecy concerning the enlargement of God's kingdom. I. He begins with a prayer for the welfare and prosperity of the church then in being, in the happiness of which he should share, and think himself happy, Ps. 67:1. Our Saviour, in teaching us to say, Our Father, has intimated that we ought to pray with and for... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 67

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 67 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm cf15I or Song. According to the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, this psalm is a psalm of David; and very probably it was written by him, since the spirit and language of it agree with that sweet singer of Israel, though his name is not in the title; wherefore Aben Ezra says, we know not who composed it: and so the inscription of the Syriac version pronounces the same uncertain; which adds, ... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 67:1

God be merciful unto us, and bless us ,.... That is, God, of his unmerited mercy, of his rich grace and free favour, bless us with the coming of his Son, the promised seed, in whom all nations are to be blessed; and with the blessings of peace, pardon, and righteousness in him; all which with him spring from the tender mercy of God, the riches of his grace, and his great love; than which nothing could be more desirable to the Old Testament saints, who were shut up under the law, until faith... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 67:2

That thy way may be known upon earth ,.... God's way and method of grace, in the salvation of sinners; the contrivance of it in Christ, the impetration of it by him, and the application of it by his Spirit; and the way of sinners to him through Christ, the way, the truth, and the life, the new and living way to the Father; and the way of life and salvation, which is grace, and by Christ alone; and the Gospel which points out this way, and is itself called the way of God, Acts 18:25 ;... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 67:3

Let the people praise thee, O God ,.... Let them have occasion to praise God, the people of the Jews, for the mission of Christ, and for the blessings of grace and peace with him; let all the people praise thee ; all the nations of the world, for making known the way of life and grace, and the saving health or salvation of God unto them: the word used signifies to "confess" F13 יודוך "confiteantur", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, &c.; ; and so the Targum, "the people shall... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 67:4

O let the nations be glad and sing for joy ,.... As they were glad, and did sing for joy, and glorified God, when Christ was made known, and the Gospel was preached unto them, Acts 8:5 . for thou shalt judge the people righteously ; meaning not the people of the world at the last day, at the general judgment, which will be a righteous one; when God will judge the world in righteousness, according to the strict rules of justice and equity, by him whom he has ordained, Psalm 96:1 ; but... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 67:5

Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. See Gill on Psalm 67:3 . This is repeated from that preceding verse to show the earnest desire of the church that it might be so; or that there might be an occasion for it; the ardour of her mind, and fervency of her petitions, and how much she was solicitous for the praise and glory of God; or to declare the certainty of it, she most strongly believing that so it would be; as the Targum, "the people shall confess",... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 67:6

Then shall the earth yield her increase ,.... Not literally the land of Israel, as in some copies of the Targum, and as Kimchi interprets it; see Leviticus 26:3 ; but mystically and spiritually the church of God in the times of the Messiah, Ezekiel 34:23 ; the word of God preached in the world is the seed sown in it; converts to Christ are the increase or fruit of it; and the church is God's husbandry, where it is yielded or brought forth; and this increase is of God, and is owing to... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Psalms 67:7

God shall bless us ,.... The Holy Spirit blesses with regenerating and renewing grace; with faith, comfort, joy and peace, by shedding abroad in the heart the love of the Father and the Son; by applying precious promises; by testifying adoption; by making meet for heaven and happiness, and working up for the selfsame thing eternal glory; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him ; the one God, Father, Son, and Spirit, the object of religious fear, internal and external; for this... read more

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