Summary: How’s your praise life?
Everybody Praise The Lord
We are very race conscious in our society. We speak of several races, but in the true sense of the word there is only one race and that is the human race. Spiritually, there are two races. There are those who belong to God and those that do not. In the Old Testament, this fleshed out in Jews and Gentiles. In the New Testament it is fleshed out as the Church or Bride of Christ and the unsaved. Socially, I believe there still only two groups; the cool and the jerks and they come in all races, both sexes and groups. I like the cool and I try not to hang out with the jerks.
The Jews had great difficulty in dealing with their calling to bless the world and were not big on what we would call evangelism. Some of this came from the bad things that happened when they had interaction with the Gentiles. More of it came from pride. The Church has some of this problem as well and for the same reasons. The unchurched or unsaved do not always appreciate our overtures to them and they sometimes react badly. The worse expression might be shown as the persecution of Christians over the years with the most recent expressions being in Communist and Islamic lands. We also suffer from the sin of pride and forget we were once unsaved sinners and we are now only sinners saved by grace. We do not want interaction with the unclean and yet, it is our call to win the nations or Gentiles to Christ.
1 O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
2 For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD. (KJV)
The Jews should have understood why God said He would bless the nations through Israel the descendants of Abraham. (Genesis 12:3) This small Psalm is a call to evangelism and praise. It calls upon all the nations to praise the Lord. Romans 10:12-21 tells us that there is no difference between the Jews and Gentiles and if anyone calls upon the Lord they will be saved. However, they cannot call if they cannot hear and they cannot hear if no one goes and preaches to them.
In this passage, how can the nations praise Him, if no one goes to them and tells them about Him? Unfortunately, the only times the Gentiles heard of Jehovah was when they were defeated in battle. Then they knew that the God of the Jews was strong, but they rarely got to hear of His merciful kindness. If they did, they assumed that that kindness was only for the Jews.
Today, the only time many sinners hear about God and Christ is in a battle where we tell them they are going to Hell for smoking, drinking, and rock and roll, etc. They know that God is a strong God and that He sends people to Hell (untrue), but seldom hear of his merciful kindness. If they do hear about it, they assume it is only for the Christian or it is preached out of balance. Off balance teaching is all wrath and no mercy or all mercy and no justice. They need to hear the balance and that while they will be judged if they do not accept His love, they can receive His love and love is what He really wants to do with them.