“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.” (Psalm 117)
Have you ever heard that “bigger is better” or that “smaller is insufficient?” Some think that size makes a difference. And there may be times when both are true.
Psalm 117 provides a significant statement on size. It is the shortest chapter in the Bible. Yet it contains some of the largest themes in the Word of God.
For example, “Praise the Lord, all you nations.” The Lord is not limited to any one nation or country. God did not send His Son to be the Savior of one particular group. His Word states that “The Father sent the Son to be the savior of the world …” There is no Biblical basis to believe that our Lord loves someone more than He does every one. The word world includes every continent — from the most God-hating to the most God-honoring.
It also states that His love is not limited: “For great is His love for us.” Our God has no favorites. We may question why others are more prosperous than we are or have more of life’s goods than we do. But that does not mean that they are loved more than anyone else. God gave them what He did for a particular reason, and He gives us what He did for a particular reason. They, as well as the rest of us, will be accountable to Him for each of His gifts. It is never what He gives us, but how we bless God and others with His gifts that He gives us.
Finally, His “faithfulness endures forever.” God is not nice today and spiteful tomorrow. Who He is today He will be tomorrow and throughout eternity. His pledges and promises are predictable. His Word proves that fact.
Thank You, Father, for a love that includes all of us and Your faithfulness that will not waver. You truly deserve all our praise! In Jesus’ Name, Amen.