Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm in the psalter and it is filled with praise for the Father Almighty. In sharp contrast is the shortest verse recorded by the Apostle John: “Jesus wept.” [John 11:35] Placed side by side we see the glory of the Lord with His depth of sadness because of sin’s work.
Addressed to all the peoples of the world, the psalmist reminds us that we are to Praise the Lord, Applaud the Lord, Extol the Lord. We praise the Lord both now and forever for His lovingkindness and truthfulness surround Him and are evidences of His grace being poured out upon us.
Isaiah wrote: “Truly I am God, I have no peer; I am God, and there is none like me, who announces the end from the beginning and reveals beforehand what has not yet occurred, who says, ‘My plan will be realized, I will accomplish what I desire,’ who summons an eagle from the east, from a distant land, one who carries out my plan. Yes, I have decreed, yes, I will bring it to pass; I have formulated a plan, yes, I will carry it out.” [Isaiah 46:9-11]
As you begin your time with your disciple teach them how to praise God by using this simple psalm of praise.
Praise the Lord, all you nations! —have your disciple include himself/herself as part of the nations of the world, thanking God for calling them to worship and praise Jehovah, the Lord God Almighty
Applaud him, all you foreigners!–we once were foreigners but now we are a child of God. “But to all who have received him – those who believe in his name. [John 1:11]
For his loyal love towers over us,–it extends beyond the highest heaven! Take time to observe the heavens and marvel at His power and majesty.
and the Lord’s faithfulness endures.–ponder that word “endures.” It means it will never ever end, therefore Jehovah can be trusted to always provide what we need just when we need it.
Praise the Lord!–finish your time of praise in this way; praising God for He is creator, sustainer, faithful friend and more.