Ps.57:9,10 – I will praise You, Lord, among the peoples;
I will sing praises to You among the nations.
For Your goodness is great to the heavens
And Your truth to the clouds.
If you have ever been around me and my teaching sooner or later (probably sooner) you will hear me talk about my conversion at the Mardi Gras fountain. Back in the 70’s young people used to hang out at the lakefront doing their thing; namely booze and drugs. That night of nights some Jesus freaks were there singing and worshipping the Lord. For me the atmosphere was simply irresistible. The Bible says that God inhabits the praises of His people. He was dwelling in those praises that night for sure. It was in the praise that my heart was won to Jesus. In today’s verse that is what David is describing. He said that he would praise the Lord among the nations. Those were some strong words for a Jewish boy. Jews never would come near a gentile, much less seek to convert them. David is prophesying about the international harvest at the end of the age. Here is how Spurgeon describes this verse.
“I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people. Gentiles shall hear my praise. Here is an instance of the way in which the truly devout evangelic spirit overleaps the boundaries which bigotry sets up. The ordinary Jew would never wish the Gentile dogs to hear Jehovah’s name, except to tremble at it; but this grace taught psalmist has a missionary spirit, and would spread the praise and fame of his God. I will sing unto thee among the nations. However far off they may be, I would make them hear of thee through my glad psalmody.”
So maybe its time to bring our worship outside the church walls. We can invite our neighbors over for small group and worship the Lord in our homes. We can worship Him in our office places and in our schools. We can also go out into the public parks and worship the Lord in the midst of the lost. Sean Feucht began to worship outdoors in his home state of California over a year ago. He has led outdoor worship events all over the country in the last year. I think its time for all of us to come outside together and worship. If God really does inhabit our praises absolutely anything could happen.