Psalms 117: A Reminder of Who God Is
Today is a monumental day for two reasons. First, Psalms 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible with only two verses for us to talk about. That’s pretty cool.
However, the even bigger news is that after you have read this post, we have officially made it more than halfway through the Bible! There are 1189 chapters, and this is my 595th post. A special thank you to all of you who have made it this far with me.
Now, on to the chapter. I guess I will copy all of it for you.
Psa 117:1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
Psa 117:2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
We have heard most of this content before, but verse one tells us to praise God while verse two remind us why we ought to do that.
We ought to praise God for two major reasons, and they really encompass a lot of territory between them. For one thing, we need to love God because He is merciful and kind. We have seen this kind of them before, but I tend to think of forgiveness as an illustration of this. God doesn’t need to forgive us, and He would be well within His rights to simply let us deal with our own consequences. However, the mercy of God is obvious when you consider that we have this offer of forgiveness.
The second reason is that the truth of God endures forever. It combines very nicely with the previous reason. God is not going to all of a sudden change His mind and pull away that gift of forgiveness. God is true. He is not going to play a trick on you. We like it when our friends are true, so I think it is a very good thing that God has that characteristic.
Even though we have heard a lot of what Psalms 117 has to say in the previous Psalms, it is very comforting to remember that God is merciful, and God is true.