Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
A Prayer for the Nations
"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, Selah that your way may be made known on earth, your saving power among all nations." (Psalm. 67:1-2 ESV)
One observation, simple but incredibly foundational. How should this psalm help shape our prayers for the nations?
The opening phrase echoes Number 6:23-27 where Aaron is instructed to place the name of YHWH on the people with those very words. Yet here we see the psalmist turning it into a prayer for God's people with an unexpected purpose. The blessing of God's presence and provision upon his people is not merely for their own isolated experience, it is also that the nations would see and come to delight in their God.
So, on the eve of the Desiring God national conference, it is fitting that we should pray for God's blessing. Pray that God would bless this conference, the speakers, the attendees, the volunteers, those listening by internet, and wherever else the Lord leads. Pray, listen in, and pray some more. And pray with a desire that resounding blessing of God on this conference would reverberate to the ends of the earth until joyful praise to Jesus Christ arises.