Psalm 117 is the shortest chapter in the Bible with only two verses. And according to independent research, the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible contains 1189 chapters; Psalm 117 is the 595th; there are 594 chapters before Psalm 117, and 594 after it. So Psalm 117 is the center chapter of the bible as well. Quite a place of distinction for two short verses. So what does it say that is so important? The psalmist begins by saying “Praise God, everybody”. That means we need to speak up and be heard. You can’t praise Him by keeping quiet about all He has done. You have to let the world know that God is who He is – the great I Am. “Applaud God, all people”. Have you considered that scripture tells us that this will happen when it says “every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord”. God will be glorified. It is not a question of if, but when. So we should get started now as Christ Followers and clap for Him. He has been good, all the time. Are you praising and applauding? If not, time to get started.
Our writer goes on to tell us why God will be praised and applauded: “His love has taken over our lives”. God loves us so much, and has poured His blessing on us incessantly and completely. He has gone overboard on loving us. To the point that His love overtakes us – it overwhelms us – if we ever stop long enough to realize it. Often we are going so fast and become obsesses with what we do – and we miss this very fact – that God is love and it is His love that gives us every good and perfect gift. He alone provides for our needs. He alone deals with our problems. He is true love. And further, we are told: “God’s faithful ways are eternal”. God is faithful. Not just some of the time, but all the time. Eternally – that is a very long time to be faithful. It is great news – God is going to be faithful not matter what forever. It is the only way He knows to be. He will be faithful to us because He loves us. Always, forever, eternally. That is something we can hang on to and be confident of. “Hallelujah”!. Two verses to tell us some great news. God is worthy of our praise and applauding. God is loving us in ways that completely overtake us. God will be faithful forever. That is worth shouting about. Praise you God!