5Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
6Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
7God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.
Peace on Earth
These verses seem to come right out of a fairy tale, do they not? Is the psalmist really saying that a time will come on this earth when all of the earth shall fear Him? Yes, that is exactly what the psalmist is saying!
We hear a lot of talk about peace on earth, especially this time of the year, but it hardly seems possible that such a thing could ever happen. However, these verses are dealing with more than just peace on earth; these verses are speaking of a time when all of the people on the earth will fear God.
What an amazing time that will be! Not only will all people worship and fear God, but they will all agree, theologically. For a people who have known nothing but disagreements, dissensions, and church splits even among those who profess to believe the words of the Bible, this seems like an impossibility. What of all the other religions in the world? Is it really true that all people will fear God and worship Him in unity?
It is good for us, as Christians, to ponder these things, and to understand that this is the future that is coming. Nothing is too hard for God. We may have many opinions as to how we will get from where we are today to that time when peace on earth is the norm, but all who believe the Bible do understand that such a time is coming.
How, then, should that knowledge affect our everyday lives? We, who love and believe God's Word, can and must faithfully trust Him to not only bring to pass all that He has prophesied through His Word, but also to faithfully lead us even in the seemingly unimportant things of life.
Because Jesus lived on this earth, we have a Savior who was touched with the feelings of our infirmities. He understands the temptations we face daily, and is right there beside us encouraging us to faithfully trust in Him. We see the time of peace on earth as sometime in the distant future, but God sees all of time in one, completed package.
Let us then trust in this God we serve, for we are on the winning side. We know that, indeed, a time will come (may it be soon) when Christ will reign on this earth and all the ends of the earth shall fear Him!
God Bless You,