Monday, May 11, 2015

Seeing Christ in the Psalms: Psalm 117

1] Praise the LORD, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
[2] For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD!
(Psalm 117 ESV)

This shortest of all Psalms makes a promise that seems way too large to accomplish:  somehow the gentiles will become part of the "us" of Israel.  Somehow the gentiles, who have been hostile to Israel through the centuries, will join with Israel in praising in Israel's LORD for his covenant love and faithfulness.  How will this conversion take place?

It took place because God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, whom he loved, for the world's salvation.  When the Son became flesh and dwelt among us, then truly we knew that the Father's love was great toward us, and we knew that his love and faithfulness would endure forever.  Forever, Jesus Christ, will share our humanity as the God-man.

Jesus died for our sins and was raised in our nature to the Father's right hand.  If we needed proof of his love and faithfulness, this is it.  The Father sent his Son.  The Son became one of us, without losing his divinity.  Forever our humanity is united to our God, and by his sacrificial love, and through faith, we too are in the Son and in the Father.

Contained within this smallest of Psalms is the greatest of God's acts: the incarnation, death and resurrection of his beloved Son.  Surely his love is great and his truth endures forever.  Praise the LORD!

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