Oh, I have some big thoughts about this psalm. But, really, John Piper is way smarter than me and a commentary I read includes this quote from Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions by Piper in the notes for this psalm: "Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn't...Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal in missions. It's the goal in missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God's glory. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God."
Wow. The psalmist wrote that he wanted God to look with favor on us and to bless us so that people would know Him and praise Him.
Our goal and our purpose is to worship Him. To bring glory and honor to Him alone in all that we do.
What are your thoughts either on the psalm and/or the quote by Piper? What about the part of the psalm that states that God judges and leads the nations?
It's been a couple of weeks since I've posted a psalm of the week so I look forward to reading your responses!
Serving the King,