May God be merciful to us, bless us, and cause his face to shine on us. Selah.(Psalm 67, emphasis added)
That your way may be known on earth, and your salvation among all nations, let the peoples praise you, God. Let all the peoples praise you. Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you will judge the peoples with equity, and govern the nations on earth. Selah.
Let the peoples praise you, God. Let all the peoples praise you. The earth has yielded its increase. God, even our own God, will bless us. God will bless us. All the ends of the earth shall fear him.
The Psalmist reaches out to God on behalf of “the peoples.” He asks that God’s favor would shine on the nations. Let the world know that God is Sovereign and God alone has saving power. His power to save is over all nations. The standard by which God judges will apply equally to all the peoples of all the nations. Justice is equitable and judgment is mercy. God is behind all that happens. He guides all peoples; all nations. He establishes kingdoms and rulers. He puts persons in positions of authority. The outcome is clear. “All the ends of the earth shall fear Him.” God will be revered, honored, glorified, exalted and loved to all the ends of the earth. The Gospel is blessed hope. There is confidence in the people that God wills that all be saved and that Christ gave His life for the sin of the world. No one is excluded from the all-consuming love of God. None are lost. This is Impartial Grace.