O God, to us show mercy and bless us in thy gracePublished in 13 hymnals
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1 O God, show mercy to us, and bless us with your grace;
and cause to shine upon us the brightness of your face,
so that your way most holy on earth may soon be known,
and unto every people your saving grace be shown.
Let all the peoples praise you; let all the nations sing;
in every land let praises and songs of gladness ring.
2 For you will judge the peoples in truth and righteousness,
and on the earth all nations will your just rule confess.
Let all the peoples praise you; let all the nations sing.
Then earth in rich abundance to us its fruit will bring.
The Lord our God will bless us; our God will blessing send,
and all the earth will worship to its remotest end.
Source: Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #341
A communal prayer for God’s promised blessing on his people; a call to all nations to join in God's praise.
st. 1 = vv. 1-2
st. 2 = vv. 3-4
st. 3 = vv. 5-6
This short communal prayer for God's blessing may have served as a liturgical prayer of the people at the close of worship. Its echoes of the priestly benediction (Num. 6:22-27) suggest that it may have been used just prior to that divinely authorized blessing. The prayer begins with an allusion to the priestly blessing and asks that God will fulfill the purpose of that blessing-to bring "salvation among the nations" (v. 2; st. 1). In its request that all earth's people may join in praise to God, whose universal rule is just and good (st. 2), this prayer anticipates God's blessings upon the earth for such praise. And it anticipates as well the whole world's recognition that the LORD is the one true God (st. 3). The versification of this psalm was altered from The Book of Psalms (1871), a text-only psalter that was later published with music in 1887.
The combination of blessing from God and praise to God in this psalm makes it most useful at the end of worship. It can also be used for Pentecost and whenever the church reflects on its evangelistic mission, since the psalmist calls all nations to acknowledge and praise God.
--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1987
|Instances (1 - 4 of 4)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #341||O God, Show Mercy to Us (Psalm 67)||O God, show mercy to us, and bless us with your grace||THAXTED||126.96.36.199.13.13||Psalm 67||2013||Grace | ; Harvest | ; Judgment | ; The Life of the Nations | ; Mercy | ; Sovereignty of God | ; Thanksgiving |||<i>The New Metrical Version of the Psalms</i>, 1909, alt.|
|Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #67||O God, to Us Show Mercy||O God, to us show mercy||OFFERTORIUM||76 76 D||Psalm 67||1987||King, God/Christ as | ; New Year - Old Year | ; Close of Worship | ; Harvest | ; Nation | ; Thanksgiving & Gratitude |||<i>Psalter</i>, 1887, alt.|
|The Cyber Hymnal #4884||O God, to Us Show Mercy||O God, to us show mercy and bless us in Thy grace||MEIRIONYDD||76.76 D||<cite>The Psalter</cite> (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1912), number 176|
|Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #437||O God, to Us Show Mercy||O God, to us show mercy||MEIRONYDD||188.8.131.52.D.||Psalm 67||1990||Church | Kingdom of God; God | Mercy of; Supplication | For Missions||<i>The Psalter</i>, 1912; alt. 1990, mod.|