Psalm 67: Praise for God’s Blessing

Why should we think God will honor our prayers for his blessing?

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Psalm 67:1 To the minister of music, a song for stringed instruments.
Be gracious, God, and bless us. Let your face be bright and smile on us. Pause to think about that.
King James
Psalm 67:1 <To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song.> God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

Why might we think God won’t bless us?

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Psalm 67:1 To the minister of music, a song for stringed instruments.
Be gracious, God, and bless us. Let your face be bright and smile on us. Pause to think about that.
King James
Psalm 67:1 <To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song.> God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.

How does God make himself known on Earth?

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Psalm 67:2 Make yourself known on Earth so all people may receive your salvation.
Romans 1:20 They have no excuse for not believing and doing the good they know to do, since the power and nature of our invisible God can be clearly observed in his creation.
John 1:18 No one has ever seen God. However, his Son, who came from him, has revealed him to us.
John 14:9 “Philip! Have I been with you so long and you still do not recognize who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. So why do you ask me to show him to you?”
King James
Psalm 67:2 That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.
Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
John 1:18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

Why are some people more eager to praise God than others?

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Psalm 67:3–5 Let the people praise you, God. Let everyone sing your praises.
May people everywhere sing and shout for joy, for you will be a righteous judge ruling the nations. Pause to think about that.
Let the people praise you, God. Let everyone sing your praises.
King James
Psalm 67:3–5 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.
Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.

During times of drought, why should we expect rain and an abundant harvest?

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Psalm 67:6 The land will yield an abundant harvest, and the Lord our God will bless us.
King James
Psalm 67:6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.

How can God’s blessing upon us cause others to revere God?

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Psalm 67:7 God will bless us, and people near and far will revere him.
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Psalm 67:7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.