Observations on Psalm 117

Psalm 117:

Praise the Lord, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!

My observations:

  1. Notice the parallel ideas: “praise” with “extol,” “the Lord” with “him,” “all nations” with “all peoples,” “steadfast love” with “faithfulness,” “great is” with “endures forever,” and the repetition of “Praise the Lord.”
  2. The parallels suggest a strong praise focus with a solid doctrinal ground.
  3. God’s mercy and His truth “meet and kiss each other” (Ps. 85:10) here. Otherwise, these qualities would be at odds, except for the blood of God’s Lamb.
  4. The way that God’s love and truth “prevail on us (are great toward us)” is because they “endure forever.” Their eternity is their greatness.
  5. God is the object of the commanded praise from all peoples. The Bible demands this.
  6. This praise comes by thinking on His mercy, His love, His truth, His faithfulness – specifically how they meet, how they “prevail on us,” and how they “endure forever.”
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About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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