Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 9:17-11:17 / Colossians 1:24-2:5 / Psalm 117
Small things can be overlooked but small things can often be very significant and powerful. The wisdom of a frail grandmother is invaluable. A toddler’s hard kick to the shins is extremely painful and leaves a lasting mark! In the same way, we cannot afford to minimize small things of God because He uses them in instrumental ways.
God uses Psalm 117 to reveal His eternal purpose, plan and power. This is the smallest (shortest) chapter in Psalms and in the entire Bible…that is significant. As well, out of the 1189 chapters in the Bible, Psalm 117 is in the middle, 594 chapters before it and 594 chapters after it. This chapter is located in the very center of the Bible…that is significant.
It is a message calling all men to Praise The Lord. This Psalm is a “Hallelujah” Psalm as the Hebrew word for “Hallelu Yah” is interpreted, “Praise the Lord”. “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.” (Psalm 117:1,2)
Being the shortest and center chapter in The Bible gives the message of this chapter supreme significance. God told Abraham that through Him all nations would be blessed. The promise of a coming Messiah was to come from the Jewish nation and that became the gateway of salvation for all nations.
Long before Christ came as the Redeemer of mankind, the Psalmist calls all nations to Praise the Lord. The message of salvation is central to God’s divine plan and it is positionally placed at the very center of His Word. All peoples are told to sing praise to God’s name. His name is to be honored and revered as powerful and holy. Again, supporting the truth that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord.
The love of God is referred to as “great”. God’s great love would be seen as He would love a sinful world and give to them His only begotten Son. God’s mercy and grace would be manifest as whosoever would believe on Christ would not perish but have everlasting life. God’s loving-kindness and covenant was extended to all people…to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.
God’s faithfulness is eternal…He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He does not change and is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. This shortest chapter in the entire Bible is not only at the center of God’s Word; it is the central message of the gospel. What the world calls small… God calls significant!
Pastor James Clark has pastored Calvary Assembly since 1985. He is blessed with his wife Yvonne, six children, two son-in-laws, a beautiful granddaughter and hopefully many more grandchildren to follow!