When I was a Grace Community Church a couple weeks ago, Rick Holland preached an awesome message on Psalm 117. You can download his sermon here (5/25/08 “The Purpose for All People”), and/or read my notes below (I’d recommend listening to his message).
“Praise the LORD, all you Gentiles!
Laud Him, all you peoples!
For His merciful kindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD!”
2 Exclamations to Recover the Motive for Missions:
1. The Reach of God’s People is Universal
– “praise” comes the Hebrew word from which we get our word “Hallelujah;” it has the meaning in mind of “making bright”
– “laud” is to make boast in (esp. with singing)
– Combined, they mean to praise God with your life and your lips
– Every single human being is called upon to praise God
– Deut. 32:43; Psalm 150:6; Psalm 96:10; Isaiah 40:9
– Do you have a passion to see all peoples come to know Christ?
– Are you willing to sacrifice to go and be a part of it?
– What about you going?
– “Should I go?” is the wrong question. “Why shouldn’t I go?” is the right one!
– God’s praise is the reason to 1.) Go, 2.) Give, and 3.) Pray
2. The Reasons for God’s Praise are Amazing
a. God has colossal kindness
b. God is eternally truthful
o Every second, 3 people in the world die. We must prepare them for this!
– I Peter 2:9-10 = the reason we are saved is to proclaim His praises!