Psalm 66: The Family of God
Psalms 66 seems to be strangely prophetic. If we start right from the beginning, we see something that might have seemed strange to the Jewish people when this one was being written and read originally.
Psa 66:1 To the chief Musician, A Song or Psalm. Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
Psa 66:2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
Psa 66:3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
Psa 66:4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
This entire part is referring to the entire earth praising God. At this time in history, God was largely worshiped by the Jewish people. I am sure that there might have a few people from around the region who acknowledged God as well, but the worship of God was largely a Jewish thing if not exclusively.
The psalmist is saying that the entire world is someday going to worship God. On some level, that is what we are working towards today. There are Christians in almost every area in the world, and the church has become a truly international body. Even in places where the church has to go underground, it hasn’t died out.
Now, we don’t have the entire earth praising God yet. I don’t believe that will happen until the very end of time, but it is interesting to see the perspective from someone talking about this kind of global religion when the worship of God was largely localized. All the earth is much closer to praising God than it ever has been before. Estimates say that approximately 2,000,000,000 of the approximately 7,000,000,000 people on earth identify as Christians according to numbers that I found from the Pew Research Center.
Now, what does that tell us?
I think that it shows us that we aren’t alone. We have brothers and sisters in every corner of the world. God is working even in places where you wouldn’t think He would be. Currently, it is hard to be a Christian in Egypt. It is very hard to be a Christian in North Korea. However, there are people praising God in these countries. It is kind of interesting to view this passage from the future. We can see the evidence of a very large part of the world praising God.