To the ends of the earth

As your name, O God, so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth. Your right hand is filled with righteousness. – Psalm 48:10

This psalm is primarily about God’s glory in His holy city, which was Jerusalem.  But the psalmist makes it a point to say that God was by no means restricted to there.  Just as His name, that is, His character and reputation, reaches to the ends of the earth, so does His praise.  

We can understand this in a couple of ways, both of them true.  Even at the time of the writing of the psalm, God has revealed Himself to all creation through general revelation.  When people saw the glory of His creation, experienced the kindness of His provision, and measured right and wrong in their hearts, His name had been revealed to them, and they had reason to praise Him.  

This was also pointing forward to the time when Christ Jesus would come into the world, die for sinners like us, and create a covenant with whoever believes in Him.  And when He did, in an even greater sense, His name began to spread to the ends of the earth, through the preaching of the gospel, by the power of the Holy Spirit.  

Praise Him, today, that His name and His praise reaches to the ends of the earth!

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