Psalm 117

Psalm 117

is the shortest psalm in the Bible


It takes less than a minute to read.

Think about this:

We always

have time for Psalm 117.

Psalms 117

O Praise the Lord, all ye nations;

Praise him, all ye people.

For his merciful kindness is great toward us:

and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.

Praise ye the Lord.

Who Wrote Psalm 117?

We do not know who wrote Psalm 117.

David wrote most of the Psalms.

David wrote 73 psalms.

Asaph wrote 12 psalms.

Sons of Korah wrote 12 psalms.**

Soloman wrote 2 psalms.

Moses wrote 1 psalm.

Ethan wrote 1 psalm.

Anonymous wrote 49 psalms.

** There is a Youtube singing group called the "Sons of Korah." Don't get them mixed up with the authors of 12 of the psalms in the Bible when you are listening to videos about the psalms on Youtube.

Insights into Psalm 117

As we seek insights from this psalm,

we see that God is teaching each of us

to praise him

for he says,

"Praise him, ALL ye people."

Notice that Psalm 117 says:

For his merciful kindness is great



If you look carefully at this Psalm,

you will easily see

that God is including in the word


ALL people from ALL nations.

Gentiles and Jews!

This Psalm reminds us:

Of God's love for each of the nations.

Of God's love for each person.

That God's will toward each of us is
for mercy and kindness.

That God's truth doesn't change.

God truth doesn't change:

This is the year 2020.

Smart men and women do not fall

for the lie

that times are different,

so God's Word must be updated.

More Insights

As we look at the Hebrew words

in this psalm,

we gain greater insights

into what God wants to share with us.

The word "Praise"

is written three times in English in this Psalm.


O Praise the Lord, all ye nations;

Praise him, all ye people.

For his merciful kindness is great toward us:

and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.

Praise ye the Lord.


In Hebrew,

there are two different words used.

The purple words (first and the third time)

are the Hebrew word numbered 01984 in the Strong's


The red word (the second time)

is the word numbered 07623 in the Strong's Concordance.

The Two Purple Words:

The first word translated "praise" and the last word that is

translated "praise" are the same word in Hebrew.

The word is Strong's Hebrew word number 01984.

This word means

"to shine"


"to put a spotlight on." 

So as we praise him in Psalm 117,

we are putting a "spotlight" on God

to focus our attention on Him


to express our exuberant Joy coming from

our love of Him.

This psalm reminds us that we are

to shine and radiate gratitude

toward the Lord.

This Hebrew word gives us the idea

of giving glory to God and celebrating Him.

The Hebrew word numbered 01984

also contains the idea of

"even looking foolish"

in our praise.


God likes enthusiastic praise.

The Red Word:

The red word translated "praise" is defined in English by the words below:

1) to soothe, still, stroke
1a) (Piel) to soothe, still
1b) (Hiphil) stilling
2) to laud, praise, commend
2a1) to laud, praise (God)
2a2) to commend, congratulate
2b) (Hithpael) to boast


And the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.

Psalm 117:2b

Here in this Psalm,

God is reminding us that

the truth in the Bible is an everlasting truth.


God's truth doesn't need updating.

It endures forever!

Life Quote:

Truth is what GOD says is Truth

No matter what someone else tells you,

No matter what you believe,

No matter what you feel,

No matter what your experience.

Merciful Kindness

Merciful Kindness



Psalm 117:2a

in the KJV says:

For his merciful kindness is great toward us

The Hebrew word translated


and the Hebrew word translated


are the same Hebrew word.

It is the word "Hesed."

That word has a lot packed into it.

For more on this AMAZING word

please see our page: Psalm 136

Romans 15:11

Interesting Note:

Paul quotes from Psalms 117:1

in the book of Romans.

Psalm 68:32 goes well with Psalm 117

It says,

Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth;

O sing praises unto the Lord;


Psalm 68:32

It is a badge of honor to grow
in the Lord.


Let's applaud
Spiritual Growth
wherever we find it!

Calling all Song Writers

Some of the people reading this page

have musical talents.

 - - -

I challenge some of you musicians out there
to write your own music to this psalm.

Jump to the top of Psalm 117.

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