Psalm 117:1 Praise the Lord, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples! 2 For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!
I love this very short psalm. By comparison, psalm 119 has 176 verses. This psalm? Only two. Let’s break it down:
1 Praise the Lord, all you nations! Extol him, all you peoples!
The first thing we should do is simply give God praise. Verse 1 speaks to us communally “all you nations” and individually “all you peoples”. Why praise God?
2 For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!
We should praise God because of his “steadfast” love for us. In other words, God’s love for us is unfailing. It can always be counted upon. His faithfulness “endures forever” – on our best day and our worst day. You and I may go hot and cold towards the Lord, but the Lord does not do the same toward us.
As I sit writing this blog post I look around and I see that I am blessed. I have a comfortable place to live. There is food in the refrigerator. My children sleep well and they are healthy. My wife is off to a job she’s really good at and (mostly) enjoys. I have some very important things to do with my time today – things worthy of my investment. My life matters to others and to the Lord.
What will today bring? I have no idea really. Some days aren’t great. There are troubles. There are struggles. There are many times when I’m in over my head, both at home and in my work. I make mistakes and may have a few regrets. But mostly I rest knowing that the love of my heavenly Father will remain with me no matter how this day goes.
Whether I’m at my best or at my worst today, my God is with me – and with you – no matter what.
Let that word of truth soak into your spirit today.
Heavenly Father, today we praise you for your steadfast love for us. Give us grace to seek you today with all our hearts. Amen.