Praise the Lord, all nations!
Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!
Psalm 117 ESV
8 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, 9 and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written… 11 … “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol him.” Romans 15 8, 9, 11. ESV
When few aspire to great expectations, for their future, or for their relationships, the suggestion that some things, and some relationships above all, really are forever may seem, at best, a naïve fantasy, or worse, to increasingly selfish hearts, a limitation on liberty. Our blessings, and our obligations, are eternal…
Derek Kidner comments on Psalm 117… “If his steadfast love is great, his faithfulness is eternal. Not that the two are set in contrast, for they are aspects of the same grace. But the emphasis of the second line can be summed up by saying that God’s plans and promises are as fresh and intact now as on the day they were made; and they will remain so. To revert, in conclusion, to the opening biddings to praise: such exhortations to the whole world have some value even as rhetoric, for they state God’s rights over men. But the rhetoric will be largely empty unless the nations and tribes themselves hear it as a genuine and intelligible call. The summons therefore recoils on those who use it, with the obligation to make its invitation heard beyond their walls and their immediate circle. The shortest psalm proves, in fact, to be one of the most potent….”
From Derek Kidner in his Tyndale Old Testament Commentary on Psalms.