Bible Society of South Africa
Neville Turley

Gems from the Psalms – Day 13

From God, with love

Bible text(s)

In Praise of the LORD

1Praise the LORD, all nations!

Praise him, all peoples!

2His love for us is strong

and his faithfulness is eternal.

Praise the LORD!

Psalms 117:1-2GNBOpen in Bible reader

3I will bless those who bless you,

But I will curse those who curse you.

And through you I will bless all the nations.”

Genesis 12:3GNBOpen in Bible reader

Good News for the Gentiles

7Accept one another, then, for the glory of God, as Christ has accepted you. 8For I tell you that Christ's life of service was on behalf of the Jews, to show that God is faithful, to make his promises to their ancestors come true, 9and to enable even the Gentiles to praise God for his mercy. As the scripture says:

“And so I will praise you among the Gentiles;

I will sing praises to you.”

Romans 15:7-9GNBOpen in Bible reader

16For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.

This gem is the shortest of all the psalms and the shortest chapter in the Bible, but its appeal knows no boundaries. It is a worldwide call to everyone in every nation to praise God. It is a call to you and to me.

It was never God’s intention to limit his family to one nation. God made that quite clear when he first called Abraham and promised him that “… all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:3)

Paul, who described himself as a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles, quoted this very psalm (Romans 15:11) when pleading with the Jewish believers in Rome to accept the Gentiles. Accept one another then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises made to the patriarchs so that the Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy. (Romans 15:7-9)

Many people today feel unloved and unwanted. Many people are lonely. Psalm 117 is a personal invitation from God to them, and to us all. We are the children of God’s mercy; we are the children of God’s promise.

God’s love for us is so strong … that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

God loves us. God wants us. He will never desert us, for his faithfulness is for all eternity. Praise the Lord.

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