1 Praise the LORD, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. 2 For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD. (NIV)
"This Psalm, which is very little in its letter, is exceedingly large in its spirit'.'
International deliverance. This, the fourth Hallel psalm, is the shortest psalm in the psalter. The writer looks beyond his people's deliverance from Egypt to the potential deliverance for all nations. God's love is extended beyond the Jewish people and to the rest of humanity (v. 2). Some believe these two verses suggest that every individual will spend eternity with God. However, the psalmist uses the name "LORD" to highlight God's faithfulness, which was expressed by establishing a covenant with Abraham (Gen 12:3). Through this patriarch "all nations of the earth [will] be blessed, and [God] will eternally keep every single promise of that covenant to all those who put their trust in him:' God reveals his mercy by providing spiritual deliverance from the guilt of sin to anyone who believes in Jesus Christ (Titus 3:4-7). With people from nations and people groups around the world coming to know Christ, a global wave of praise to God erupts (v. 1). What a motivation to tell others of God's great love so that they can join this global song of hallelujah!
David McKinley- Used by permission
3 Month Reading Plan - Psalm 119:33-72