All you nations!
All you peoples!
Great is his steadfast love
The faithfulness of Yahweh
Psalm 117 is the shortest psalm with only two verses. This is really a doxology or praise refrain. All the nations and people are to praise Yahweh for his great steadfast love and enduring faithfulness. This psalm begins and ends with the refrain of “Praise Yahweh,” “alleluia,” the Hebrew “Hallelujah.”
“Blessed be Yahweh!
The God of Israel!
From everlasting to everlasting!
Let all the people say.
This 4th book of psalms ends with a rousing Alleluia, praise to Yahweh, the Hebrew “Hallelujah.” This doxology praise is an addition to this psalm since it probably belonged at the end of Psalm 105. However, it seems a fitting end to this book of psalms with this everlasting praise to Yahweh with the great “Amen.”
A psalm of thanksgiving
“Make a joyful noise to Yahweh!
All the earth!
Worship Yahweh with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!”
Psalm 100 is like the doxology or ending of the psalms about the kingship of Yahweh. It clearly is a thanksgiving psalm as the title indicates. We are asked to praise Yahweh. Everyone should make a joyful noise as they worship Yahweh with gladness. They are to come into his presence singing.
“Blessed be Yahweh forever!
Amen and Amen.”
This third book of the psalms comes to end with this doxology praising Yahweh. He is to be blessed forever, with the usual “Amen” as the last word ending this psalm and this psalm book.