Two verses make up the entire psalm.
Reference: v.1-2 Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: Have you ever received directions from someone that are so convoluted that you end up more confused than when you started?
I’m not the most intelligent being on the earth, however, I am able to take instructions from another. If the directions are clear and precise – and especially if I’m given the opportunity to take some notes! – I am usually able to complete a new task once it’s explained.
There are some instructors who are clear and just give you the relevant information. However, there are some people who go off on so many tangents throughout their explanation that you are lost after the second point.
Saying more does not always help. I’ve found that short, clear instructions are often the best.
Application: The writer of the 117th psalm was good at giving instructions! Two verses make up the entire psalm.
In the first verse the writer instructs us in how we should respond to God. In the second verse they explain how God responds to us.
In fact, if these were the only two verses we had, as words for our faith, we would not be lacking. It reminds us of our duty to God as well as God’s commitment to us.
The rest of the Bible is filled with awesome wisdom and I love delving into it daily. However, for today, if all we did were hold true to these two verses, then our lives would truly be blessed.
Prayer: Lord, You are awesome and mighty. Thank you for the love You pour out on us each and every day. Amen.
How can you uphold these two verses today?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.