6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory.
7All worshipers of images are put to shame,
who make their boast in worthless idols;
worship him, all you gods!
The old argument that the God of the Old testament was understood to be a regional god of the middle east only, and Israel in particular, simply does not stand up against the claims of the Scriptures themselves. Psalm 97 takes great pains to point out that the God who has revealed Himself to Israel is the only God there is in the whole world.
The Psalmist knew that there were many nations, tribes and peoples. And he knew that the God he served was the God of all those nations. Couple this with the call in Psalm 96 for the whole world needing to be told that there is only one God and He is glorious, then you have a very great thing happening: worship of one great God and the desire for all the nations of the world to know Him.
Israel was never meant to be the only people who knew the one true God. They were chosen to be the nation through which the Saviour of the whole created order would be born. Jesus Christ came as a descendant of Abraham to save the world.
The fact that Christianity is widespread throughout the globe is testimony to God’s saving activity for all peoples. How we need to see God as the great God that He is and be so filled with Him that we cannot be silent about His glories to the people of the world.
Today, remember and rejoice that you are part of a plan God has had since before the world was made, to have a people from all the nations. And then remember with wonder that He calls those who know Him to tell others about Him and His incomprehensible glory.
If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, pray to be able to tell others of a great God who has done all that can be done to save them.