Psalm 67 is an exuberant call for God to make his ways known upon earth, which reflects the famous Israelite blessing in Numbers 6 but makes it even more inclusive: the Lord bless us and make his face shine upon us. It links this both with the importance of equity and of God’s ruling for those in authority, and with the blessing of the harvest. And peace is of course one of the “harvests”, or fruits, of the Spirit. Underneath the Psalm’s surface, commentators point to its resonance with the prophet Micah’s call for mercy, justice and humility. In many ways therefore it is an appropriate Psalm for the International Day of Peace. I encourage you to reflect on it today.

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God, your saving power among all peoples. Renew your church in holiness and help us to serve you with joy. Guide the leaders of all nations, that justice and peace may prevail, till the earth be filled with the knowledge of your love. Let not the needy be forgotten, nor the hope of the poor be taken away. Make us instruments of your peace and let your glory be over all the earth. Amen