Greetings pilgrims, Is this just wishful thinking? The Old Testament is filled to the brim with sentiments just like this one. What does it all mean? As I said, is it just wishful thinking? Pie in the sky false hopes. Is it all reserved just for the eternal state? That doesn't make any sense to me. How are we to take the hundreds if not thousands of positive statements about the future of the world that saturate the Old Testament. 1 Lord, bless and pity us, shine on us with thy face: 2 That th' earth thy way, and nations all may know thy saving grace. 3 Let people praise thee, Lord; let people all thee praise. 4 O let the nations be glad, in songs their voices raise: Thou'lt justly people judge, on earth rule nations all. 5 Let people praise thee, Lord; let them praise thee, both great and small. 6 The earth her fruit shall yield, our God shall blessing send. 7 God shall us bless; men shall him fear unto earth's utmost end.