2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!
A Shout Of Praise
At only two verses Psalm 117 is the shortest song included in the book of Psalms (the Psalter).
The first verse is a universal call to praise. What’s unique in this universal call is that throughout the Psalter the call to praise is directed at the nation of Israel with little regard for the nations surrounding them. In this psalm all nations (all you peoples) are called to praise the God of Israel.
Verse two give the reasons for giving praise. The Lord is:
- Merciful and kind
- His truth endures forever
This merciful kindness is shown towards all of mankind not to the Jewish people only.
This mercy has been very great, or powerful. For us today God’s mercy and kindness are shown in Christ and all mankind can join in this acknowledgment, and in the praise which is therefore due.
Galatians 3:26-29 (NKJV)26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
This truth of God’s merciful kindness endures forever. He has kept his covenant promise that in the seed of Abraham should all nations of the earth be blessed, and he will eternally keep every single promise of that covenant to all those who put their trust in him. This should be a cause of constant and grateful praise. The Psalm ends and it begins with “Praise the Lord”