Bible Reading: Psalm 117
Praise the Lord, all nations;
Laud Him, all peoples!
For His lovingkindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the Lord is everlasting.
Praise the Lord!
I have a friend who is fond of saying, “Just the headlines please!” when he feels a story or conversation is becoming a little too long-winded for his liking. If you’re also a fan of concise communication then today’s psalm, the shortest chapter in the entire Bible, is for you. Despite its brevity however, this could be the most important of all the psalms for Gentile sinners like us.
In Romans 15:11, Paul quotes Psalm 117 to demonstrate to his Jewish readers that the gospel of Christ is for all nations. This was a major stumbling block for them because in Old Testament times, Gentiles were required to become Jews and be circumcised in order to worship the Lord. Paul shows that this mystery of grace (Ephesians 3:3) was clearly prophesized in today’s psalm. In other words, God’s great lovingkindness for all nations was hidden in plain sight all along.
So, why are all peoples called to praise the Lord? Paul describes it this way; “Christ has become a servant to the circumcision (the Jews) on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers, and for the Gentiles to glorify God for His mercy” (Romans 15:8-9). This is the reason the Psalmist exhorts us to sing this short but powerful song of praise. God’s mercy and everlasting truth has been revealed, in the person of Jesus Christ, to Gentile sinners like me. Praise the Lord!
Weekly Memory Verse: Praise the Lord, all nations; laud Him, all peoples! For His lovingkindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord is everlasting. Praise the Lord! Psalm 117.1-2