Napoleon Bonaparte, Bruce Lee’s one inch punch, the Gettysburg Address, “Jesus Wept” (Jn. 11:35) & the Book of Obadiah all have two things in common: They are all short, but powerful.
As we go through the Psalms, we come across the shortest chapter in the Bible, Psalm 117. This short psalm consists of only two verses:
“Praise the Lord, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples!
For His lovingkindness is great toward us, and the truth of the Lord is everlasting.
Praise the Lord!”
One might get the impression that a passage so small cannot possibly have much power associated with it. Yet, this small passage packs a punch! This passage is broken into three main points:
One, A Call to Worship. In verse one, every nation under heaven is commanded to praise the Lord. Now we might praise Him in the worship service, and we might praise Him in the confines of our own home. But do we worship Him in all that we do? The Psalmist continues by saying: “Laud Him”. When and what do you Laud (Applaud)? We applaud when we are at a Sporting Event, or at a Music Hall. Do we ever applaud the Lord? This does not mean that we should stand up and become “Holy Rollers”, rather our life should applaud the Lord through our prayer life and the way that we live our life in obedience to Him. Worship Him in all that you do!
Two, Why Praise Him? Because Our Lord is Great Towards Us! The ESV uses the word “Steadfast” in verse 2. That is what the Lord’s love toward us is like! We sing the song, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases”, but do we really stop and think what this means? His love is continuous, His love is great, His love is constant! Praise Him, Laud Him, for His love for us is great! We see this in the way He takes care of our daily needs (Matthew 6:25-29), and in the way that He has extended Salvation to us through His Son (Ephesians 1:7-12).
But who is the “us”? Who does the Lord love and show His lovingkindness to? Everyone! You will note verse one again, “all NATIONS”, “all PEOPLES”. We should worship the Lord because He loves everyone! The Saints and the Sinners, He loves them all. We as Christians can love the Lord for the purpose that He not only loves us, but also loves our friends and family who have not yet obeyed. As long as they are still alive, we can know that there is a chance to bring them to the truth because God loves them more than we do! 1 Timothy 2:4 says: “Who (God or Savior) desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth”. He loves all!
Three, Praise Him! All we need is two short verses to see, that He loves us…so Praise Him! Praise Him while you are awake, and while you sleep. Praise Him when you are at work, and when you are at play. Praise Him at Worship Services, and when you are away from the building. Praise Him!
These two verses hold even more truths than I cannot fit into an article. Never think because a particular Word of the Lord is short, that it is not powerful!