For the music director; to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm, a song.
67:1 May God show us his favor 2 and bless us! 3
May he smile on us! 4 (Selah)
67:2 Then those living on earth will know what you are like;
all nations will know how you deliver your people. 5
1 sn Psalm 67. The psalmist prays for God’s blessing upon his people and urges the nations to praise him for he is the just ruler of the world.
2 tn Or “have mercy on us.”
3 tn The prefixed verbal forms are understood as jussives expressing the psalmist’s prayer. Note the jussive form יָאֵר (ya’er) in the next line.
4 tn Heb “may he cause his face to shine with us.”
5 tn Heb “to know in the earth your way, among all nations your deliverance.” The infinitive with -לְ (lamed) expresses purpose/result. When God demonstrates his favor to his people, all nations will recognize his character as a God who delivers. The Hebrew term דֶּרֶךְ (derekh, “way”) refers here to God’s characteristic behavior, more specifically, to the way he typically saves his people.