1 O God, show mercy to us, and bless us with your grace;
and cause to shine upon us the brightness of your face,
so that your way most holy on earth may soon be known,
and unto every people your saving grace be shown.
Let all the peoples praise you; let all the nations sing;
in every land let praises and songs of gladness ring.
2 For you will judge the peoples in truth and righteousness,
and on the earth all nations will your just rule confess.
Let all the peoples praise you; let all the nations sing.
Then earth in rich abundance to us its fruit will bring.
The Lord our God will bless us; our God will blessing send,
and all the earth will worship to its remotest end.
|First Line:||O God, show mercy to us, and bless us with your grace|
|Title:||O God, Show Mercy to Us (Psalm 67)|
|Topic:||Grace; Harvest; Judgment4 more...|
|Source:||The New Metrical Version of the Psalms, 1909, alt.|
|Composer:||Gustav Holst (1918)|
As this paraphrase shows, Psalm 67 combines many themes: a communal prayer for blessing, a prayer for all people to acknowledge God, and thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. In Jewish practice it was recited at the end of every Sabbath, a reminder of God’s universal sovereignty.
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