The shortest psalm, Psalm 117 is a psalm of praise. The psalmist encourages Gentiles to praise Israel’s God, the only true God. The unknown psalmist declares that Israel’s God has been fully revealed through His acts in Creation, in the promises made and kept to Abraham, and in the redemption of Abraham’s descendants.
1Praise the Lord, all nations;
Laud Him, all peoples!
2For His lovingkindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the Lord is everlasting.
Praise the Lord!
The psalmist exhorts readers of the psalm to laud the Lord, pointing out that God’s loving-kindness and truthfulness are exemplary characteristics speaking to the Lord’s faithfulness to His people, those He has called to love and worship Him with every breath and in word and deed.
Laud means to boast, extol, or glorify. Are our thoughts and actions boasting of our belief in the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings?
The idea that there is only one true God runs contrary to our 21st-century theology. We live in a time lauding the existence of many gods. Any number of idols serve to distract us from focusing our hearts, souls, and minds on genuine, deep worship of our God. Furthermore, the belief that there is a redemptive plan with one path leading to a relationship with God is mocked and maligned.
Being a Christian in the 21st century, like being a Christian in generations past, is undoubtedly challenging. It is why the Apostle Paul urges us to keep the faith and keep our eyes, ears, and hearts squarely focused on our great God.
Let our lifestyles loudly laud the Lord.
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Lockyer, Herbert (1966). All the Books and Chapters of the Bible. Zondervan. Grand Rapids, Michigan.