3/3/19 - The Good News to All
“Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world….” (Psalms 19:4a)
The apostle Paul was inspired to quote this passage in Romans 1:18. He makes this quote in reference to the need and the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ for the Jews and the Gentiles alike.
In this psalm, David wrote about how God’s glory is shown through nature. The heavens and the earth give testimony to the magnificent design, power, and beauty of our Creator and God, just as Paul spoke of in Romans 1. Anyone who will not acknowledge the great working of God is “without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
That is not all. God has not just left us with the evidence of His existence through the created world, but He has communicated His love for us and His will for us through wonderful inspired words (I Corinthians 2:13). These wonderful words of life teach us where we came from, who we are, and where we are going when we die. These words teach us how God has been patient and merciful throughout the ages and how He wants us all to repent and come back to Him, leaving behind the way of sin. These words teach us the good news of His plan of redemption, how God became flesh to live among us and to die for our salvation. Jesus was raised, leaving us a living hope in the promise that God will raise us to live with Him forever.
These words of life have gone through all the earth, even to the end of the world. The Lord wants all people everywhere to hear the message. Paul prefaced his quotation of this psalm with the words “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 1:17). There is only one way of salvation. That is why Jesus left the earth with the command for us to go into all the world and to preach the gospel to every creature.
This week, I am asking you to pray for those who are engaged full-time in the work of the gospel. Pray for your preacher and for others like him who are preaching in local congregations of the Lord’s church like ours. Pray for those who are suffering hardship, for those in foreign lands, and for those who leave their homelands to preach to others in places that are strange to them.
Every soul is precious. God created the world and all the things in it, not only to provide for our physical needs, but for us to know that He is real and that He cares for us. He has given us His word so that we can know Him more completely, His expectations of us, and how we can be fully engaged in a life in which we know Him and honor Him as our God. God loves us and wants all to be with Him. That’s why He wants His word to go to all the earth, to the ends of the world.