Things don’t have to be big to pack a wallop! Atoms are packed with incredible energy… Diamonds aren’t very big, but are incredibly valuable… You’ve got glands in your body that are small but incredibly important!
And Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible (only two verses long) but it packs a big theological wallop! When you read it you have to put it in the context of the rest of the Old Testament message as well as the “mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3) and the grand message of the Gospel in the New Testament!
Here’s what it says…
“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!”
Wow! The nations praising the Lord, not Just Jewish people! All peoples of the world extoling the Lord! Both Jew and Gentile experiencing God’s “covenant love” [His “hesed”] and eternal faithfulness!” How incredible is that?! Who would have ever have thought it was possible? … God did! God planned it from the beginning (check out Genesis 12:1-2; Exodus 19:5-6; 1 Kings 8:41-43), He provided it, and Jesus Christ gave himself to make it a reality! … “For God SO loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son, that WHOEVER believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
The truth of Psalm 117, the smallest chapter in the Bible, is so powerful – so inspired – that Apostle Paul quoted from it in Romans 15 when making the case God’s plan includes both Jew and Gentile in one Spiritual body through Jesus Christ… Here’s what he said:
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another [Jew and gentile], in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Christ! Therefore, welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God! For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised [the Jew] to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, ‘Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and sing to your name.’ And again it is said, ‘Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.’ And again, ‘Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him!’” (There it is… Psalm 117:1 quoted to make Paul’s case!)
Wow! Really glad for the wallop packed in the smallest chapter of the Bible! He included ME!