Praise the LORD, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever.
Praise the LORD. (NIV)
Praise the LORD, all nations;
Laud Him, all peoples!
For His lovingkindness is great toward us,
And the truth of the LORD is everlasting.
Praise the LORD! (NASB)
The seal of redemptive truth is bound up in this diminutive but seminal psalm-its profundity far outdistances its size. This pivotal psalm exhibits 3 distinguishing features: 1) it is the shortest psalm; 2) it is the shortest chapter in the Bible; and 3) it is the middle chapter of the Bible. That God looked redemptively beyond the borders of Israel in the OT is made clear here. The psalm looks back to God's intent for Adam and Eve in Eden (Gen. 1, 2) and looks ahead to the ultimate fulfillment in the new heavens and earth (Rev. 21, 22).
Today's verses (Psalm 117:1-2) comprise the shortest chapter in the Bible, also the middle chapter, is Psalm 117. It has only two verses.
Miller, Stephen M. ; Gross, Paul: How to Get into the Bible. Nashville : T. Nelson Publishers, 1998, S. 150