Psalm 117:1-2 NIV 2011
Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord.
This is the shortest Psalm of all the psalms as well as the shortest chapter in the Bible. One commentator wrote, “It may originally have served as the conclusion to the preceding collection of Hallelujah psalms (111-116) – of which it is the seventh.” Every nation and its people are called to praise the Lord. Psalm 47:1, 67:3, 96:7, 98:4 and 100:1 each offer praise to God. David’s words in Psalm 9:1 reveal his great love for the Lord, “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart…” Paul quoted verse one, Romans 15:11, “And again, ‘Praise the Lord all you Gentiles; let all the peoples extol him.’” God’s gift of salvation was not a postscript. God’s love is great and His faithfulness endures forever.
The license plate on a car in front of me this morning had the following letters and numbers, PSLM 117. On an errand for my daughter I could only smile because it was the Scripture I was led to share today. The first time I read this Psalm struck a cord for someone that likes things short and to the point. God’s love is seen in succinct ways like this and His faithfulness is apparent in His provisions daily.
Where is His enduring faithfulness visible today?
We’re not postscripts,