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This Psalm contains a prayer for the church of Israel, as also for the Gentile world, whose conversion he prophetically describes.
The church prayeth for the enlargement of the kingdom of God, Psalms 67:1,Psalms 67:2, to the joy of the nations, Psalms 67:3-5; and for the increase of spiritual and temporal blessings, Psalms 67:6,Psalms 67:7.
Unto us, thy people of Israel. As thou hast hid thy face and favour from us, so now do thou manifest it to us. For the phrase, Numbers 6:25,Numbers 6:26; Psalms 31:16.
Nor do we desire this mercy only for our comfort, but also for the advancement of thy glory, and the propagation of the true religion among all nations, who by the contemplation of thy gracious and wonderful works to and for us will be induced to love and serve thee, and to list themselves among thy people. By God’s way he understands, either,
1. That way wherein God walks; or the manner of his dealing with his people: How gracious and bountiful a Master thou art to all thy servants! Or rather,
2. That way wherein God requires men to walk, the way of God’s precepts, the way of truth, or the true religion; as the way or ways of the Lord are frequently taken, Genesis 17:19; Judges 2:22; Psalms 18:21; Psalms 119:1; Acts 18:25,Acts 18:26, &c.; the same which in the next clause is called his
saving health, Heb. salvation; and both together signify the way of salvation, which the psalmist desires may be known among all nations; which was expected by the ancient and godly Jews at the coming of the Messias, who is called the way, John 14:6, and God’s salvation, Luke 2:30. And so the sense of the place is this, Deal so graciously with thy people Israel, that thereby the Gentile world may at last be allured to join themselves with them, and to embrace their religion and Messias; according to that famous prophecy, Zechariah 8:23, In those days ten men out of all nations shall take hold of the skirt of a Jew, saying, We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.
O hasten that time, when all the Gentiles shall forsake their dumb idols, and serve and praise thee the living God, as they will have abundant cause to do.
Be glad and sing for joy, for thy transcendent mercy to them, in rescuing them from the vanities and damnable errors of their fathers, and in bringing them to the knowledge of the true God, and of eternal life.
Shalt judge, i.e. rule and govern them, as it is explained in the next clause, and as this phrase is used.
Righteously; which is the great commendation of any government, and the greatest argument and encouragement to the Gentiles to put themselves under it; the rather, because they had found the misery of living under the unrighteous and tyrannical government of the devil, and of their idolatrous and heathenish rulers.
Govern, Heb. lead, to wit, gently, as a shepherd doth his sheep; and not rule them with rigour, as other lords had done.
When the people of the earth shall be converted to the worship and service of the true God, God will take away his curse from the earth, and cause it to yield them abundance of all sorts of fruits; under which one blessing promised under the law to them that obey God, all other blessings both temporal and spiritual are comprehended, as is very usual in the Old Testament.
Our own God; he who is Israel’s God in a peculiar manner, by that everlasting covenant which he hath made with us.
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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 67". Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://studylight.org/
the Week of Proper 15 / Ordinary 20