(7 verses, 0:35 to read)
What I am about to READ
- The Church prays for God’s grace for itself and for the nations.
- Prayer for God’s Salvation (1-3)
- Confidence that the Prayer will be Answered (4-5)
- God’s Harvest Blessing (6-7)
- This psalm beautifully expounds on the promise made to Abraham (the promise that in his seed all the nations of the earth would be blessed; Genesis 12 and 17) and the Aaronic Benediction (22 The Lordspoke to Moses, saying, 23 “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them, 24 The Lordbless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.27 “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them. – Numbers 6:22-27). It is a prayer for God’s blessings to be poured out on the Church and on the nations so that the nations would come into the Church.
- God’s blessings of earthly things had them contemplating the blessings of all the nations in Christ. The blessing of the harvests led to prayers for the harvest of the nations.
- Christ uses this same imagery in Matthew 9:37-38 as He calls on the disciples to pray for the Lord of the Harvest to send laborers into the harvest: 37 Then he said to his disciples,“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;38 thereforepray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
- As we approach Thanksgiving and contemplate all of the physical blessings the Lord has blessed us with, may this Psalm and those blessings also point us to the many spiritual blessings He has given us.
- Benedict of Nursia, in the sixth century, had this psalm prayed every morning as a prayer for the Church and for the nations. It’s a wonderful prayer that reflects on and prays for God’s temporal and eternal blessings for the Church and for the world. Let us be encouraged by this psalm to pray for the same thing. And reflect on this psalm as we pray, “Thy kingdom come.”
- Thy kingdom come. What does this mean? The kingdom of God comes indeed without our prayer, of itself; but we pray in this petition that it may come unto us also. How is this done? When our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead a godly life here in time and yonder in eternity.
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-Pastor Andrew Packer