blessing-1440x959This short but completely symmetrical psalm may have ended Sabbath worship in the Temple in Jerusalem and followed the priestly blessing recorded in Numbers 6:24-26. Worshippers would have then departed feeling the warmth of the promised goodness of God. This benediction oriented worshippers towards acknowledging God’s generosity in harvest, in vintage, in calving and lambing and in child-bearing.

But the structure of this psalm, like much Hebrew poetry, is chiastic – like the Greek letter Chi, or large X. It is balanced carefully around a central line in the centre of verse 4. The main point is not at the beginning or the end but in the centre.

May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth.

Read more: PSALM 67

go-out-1024x640Fenton Park Bible Church would like to advise you of the commendation of Ruth to her work with Interserve in a restricted access country.
The Elders of Northgate Community Church are please to commend David & Kendal Duthie to the work they are currently doing with WEC.
The Elders of Heretaunga Christian Centre and The Coast Community Church  are pleased to advise the commendation of Alistair & Linda MacKinnon to serve with Military Life under Tandem Ministries NZ. The role calls for significant travel within the Asia-Pacific region each year.
The Elders of Lincoln Road Bible Chapel are happy to commend Mervyn & Adrienne Coates to cross-cultural work in Auckland. They will be focussed on International Students and immigrant outreach.

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