Praise the Lord, all nations! Glorify Him, all peoples! For great is His faithful love to us; the Lord’s faithfulness endures forever. Hallelujah! (vv. 1-2).
I’ve never been invited to the White House, President Gerald Ford, however, was presented a copy of our musical, I Love America, and wrote a wonderful letter, extolling that patriotic work.
Psalm 117 is a miniature invitation to people everywhere. The purpose is praise; the place wherever God’s people gather. The reasons for this adulation are given in verse 2. The Lord is to be praised because of his great love and his abiding faithfulness.
The Lord is to be worshipped for who he is—for his character, for his attributes. His covenant love (hesed) is loyal and eternal; it is not subject to mood swings and emotional vacillation. His faithfulness is based on truth (emet). Because the Lord’s Word is true or reliable, he is faithful. Loving and faithful. What an apt description of our Lord! The psalmist’s response is again, “Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!”
Whatever my mood today, I know my Lord is loving and faithful. Whatever adverse circumstances I face today, I know my Lord is loving and faithful.Whatever rejection may come my way today, I know my Lord is loving and faithful. Whatever physical ailment I experience today, I know my Lord is loving and faithful. Whatever business reverses occur today, I know my Lord is loving and faithful. Whatever domestic tension I feel today, I know my Lord is loving and faithful. Why worry and fret? He invites me to remember that he is loving and faithful. Praise the Lord!
Lord, I may he unpredictable and moody, but you can be counted on to be loving and faithful.. .no matter what!