But why? Why is Psalm 67 so intent on pleading with and asking for the nation's praise to erupt in worship?
The first answer is simply, because they’re not doing it. Praise is lacking.
Secondly, the psalmist knows that God is gracious(v. 1), inclined tobless(v. 6) and has the power tosave(v. 2). God is willing and able.
Lastly, the gladness and joy of the nations hinges upon their ability to know God in salvation and praise him for it. Gladness is available.
Here is the train of thought:
praise to God is lacking among the nations, due to no knowledge of God in salvation;
no knowledge of God in salvation, no gladness and joy;
no gladness and joy, nothing to praise him for;
nothing to praise him for, still no gladness and joy,
still no gladness and joy, due to no knowledge of God in salvation;
no knowledge of God in salvation, then praise to God among the nations will also still be lacking.
The antidote for the people’s lack of praise, gladness and joy, is knowing God and his saving power through Christ. Praise be to God that the nations, including Chad, have a God who is merciful and gracious and abounding in steadfast love! He WANTS to be known.
He doesn’t need to be convinced or persuaded to let the nations be glad. It is already inherent to who he is. It is the fixed posture of his heart, the very inclination of his very being and the sure foundation of our praise. God is more committed to seeking the nation’s praise than we are, and the psalmist knows it, which is why he is so confident and free to say:
“God, our God, shall bless us, God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him” (v. 7).
Psalm 67’s plea for us to pray for the praise of the nations to be given to God is not because God will be lacking if they don’t, but the nations will not be glad until they do.
Below you will see some specific ways you can pray for these laborers and those they are trying to reach.