I was reading the Psalms this evening and I began to wonder. Psalm 117 is two verses long. Two verses. I started looking up statistics and found that, not only is this Psalm the shortest chapter in the Bible, it is also considered by many to be the center of the Bible. Whether or not it is truly the center, in any given translation, isn’t as important as what this chapter actually says and teaches us.
Psalm 117:1-2 KJV
“O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.”
In this particular instance we are called to praise the Lord. The shortest chapter in the Bible goes straight to the very heart of the Word.
This chapter is a call to praise the Lord. A call to all people everywhere to praise the Lord. Not just you and me, but all people everywhere.
A call to praise the Lord, because His mercy and kindness towards us is so extraordinary. His loving kindness is filled with joy. His mercy is a gift of love.
A call to praise the Lord, because His truth is ever lasting. Eternally faithful. Eternal love. Eternal truth. Eternal. Forever and ever. Everyone, everywhere, praise the Lord.
Psalm 117:1-2 MSG
“Praise God, everybody! Applaud God , all people! His love has taken over our lives; God ’s faithful ways are eternal. Hallelujah!”
Praise the Lord!
Hallelujah and Amen!