11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.
Paul was particularly mindful of his special calling as “the apostle of the Gentiles” (Romans 11:13), and hence his joy in seeing thousands and thousands of Gentiles turning from idols to worship the living and true God through the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Thessalonians 1:9). He rejoiced that God had shown such great mercy towards the Gentiles and received them into His kingdom. He wanted the believing Jews also to rejoice in the salvation of Gentiles and receive them into the church to worship God together with them.
So Paul said in verses 8-9, “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers: and that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.” Though Jesus Christ was “a minister of the circumcision” (i.e. being born a Jew according to the promises of God to the forefathers of the Jews and ministered among the Jews), His atoning death benefited not only the Jews but also the Gentiles. Paul then reasoned that the Old Testament Scriptures pointed out that God had always planned to call the Gentiles unto the worship of God. The apostle did so by referring to four Old Testament portions: Psalm 18:49 in verse 9, Deuteronomy 32:43 in verse 10, Psalm 117:1 in verse 11, and Isaiah 11:1, 10 in verse 12. All of those verses show that it was God’s design that the Gentiles should join the Jews to worship God.
The verse for our meditation cites Psalm 117:1, where the Gentiles are beckoned twice to praise the LORD. The word “laud” means praise. All people, both Jews and Gentiles, must gather to praise the LORD. He is worthy of the praise of all the peoples of the world. There is no other Saviour for man (whether Jew or Gentile) to be saved from his sins so that he may be reconciled to God.
The blessing of salvation comes with the responsibility of glorifying God among all people. We must declare His Gospel so that people from all nations, tribes and languages may call on His name and praise Him. Let us therefore serve the Lord, with the prayer “That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee” (Psalm 67:2-3).