May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.
Psalm 67:3 NIV
In praise of Canadian history, historian Gerry Burnie said, “Canada has a rich and colourful history that for the most part is waiting to be discovered.” In praise of Canada’s cities, the website canadianaffair.com says, “Canada is home to some vibrant cities that are jam-packed full of world-class restaurants, iconic attractions and events that are renowned all over the globe. There is so much to do in Canada’s cities that you could quite easily spend a week in one and still have lots of things that you’d like to do.”
In the days of the Hebrew Scriptures, the nations around Israel each had their own national gods. Most have been long forgotten except by students of the Old Testament and scholars who focus on ancient Middle Eastern history. The God of the Bible chose a minor people group that became known as the Hebrews until they entered Canaan when they became known as the Israelites. But their God was different. Being the one true God, the Creator of the Universe and the Lord of every nation, language and people group, it was never His goal to simply be the God of the people of Israel. He chose to reveal Himself through the people of Israel, but His goal has always been to redeem men, women and children from around the globe. David, King of the Israelites, understood this, and wrote in Psalm 67:3: “May the peoples praise you, God; may all the peoples praise you.” Notice here that David doesn’t use the singular word “people.” He uses the word that is translated “peoples” – He is speaking here of the people groups, the nations of the world. We see this come true in our day.
These have been words from the heart.