A Song for the Headlines
A New Commentary of Psalm 67
“I hope they like it,” thought Eliezer, making some final corrections to his song. He knew that its lyrics came from his heart. He was pretty sure it would help others to express what was in their hearts as well: the longing for this moment of peace and prosperity that they were experiencing to spread to all nations.
It was the 6th of Sivan 2761 according to Eliezer’s calendar, June 2, 1000 BC by our own Gregorian calendar. Israel was united after a very chaotic time. They had traded the up-and-down leadership of the Judges for a Monarchy. The Monarchy was a difficult transition. Their first King, Saul, started out well but his growing mental illness precipitated the decline of his rule and of Israel’s fortunes as well. The transition to their second King, King David, was drawn out and divisive. But all of that was history now. The Israelites were united together as a people and strong enough to secure their borders against potential enemies. At least for now. That made this just the right moment for Eliezer’s song.