Filling the Earth With God's Glory

Ps 72:18-19


18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who only does wondrous things! 19 And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen. NKJV


I have been studying worship lately in preparation of a series we will be down between now and Christmas. Worship is a much more in depth subject than I ever thought.

The book of Psalms is the book of worship for the Old Testament. These two verses end the second book of the Psalms in the Hebrew Psalter. This is a Doxology of Praise, and Conclusion to not only this Psalm but to this second book of psalms.

I have the opinion that these Psalms were put together in a divine pattern. This Psalm begins to be talking about the King, King Solomon who would soon replace David as King. It is a sort of prophetic blessing on the new king.

But it is much more than that. There are portions of this psalm that never did apply to Solomon nor did he fulfill them. These portions could not apply to any mere earthly king. The Psalm then as I take it is a Messianic Prophecy. It refers to the coming Messiah and the glory of His Kingdom.

That is why it is so appropriate that David ends the Psalm with these words.

As the psalmist calls on the people to praise and bless Jehovah and even fill the earth with His praises there is something that I ran into in studying this passage.

It is that it is easier to praise God than to serve Him. Also, sometimes the praises of people seem to be more for the benefit of the people than for God. People talk about experiencing worship as though the purpose was for them.

Worship is a matter of the heart and not of place, function or form. It is quite possible to worship God in a quiet spirit as to do so in a feverish, conspicuous manner.

But worship in the proper sense is not the subject of our message today.

For those of you who are quite alert, you have noticed that this is the verse chosen by the World Mission Offering for their theme this year. So with this verse in mind we want to talk about Filling the Earth with the Glory of God.

  1. Blessed be His Holy Name
    1. That all the names by which he is known, all by which he has revealed himself, might be regarded with veneration always and everywhere. (from Barnes' Notes, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1997 by Biblesoft)
    2. Ex 15:11 11 "Who is like You, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders? NKJV
    3. Isa 6:1 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple. 2 Above it stood seraphim; each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one cried to another and said: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts; The whole earth is full of His glory!" NKJV
    4. Revelation 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!''
    5. 1 Chronicles 29:10 Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the congregation; and David said: "Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
    6. 1 Chronicles 29:20 Then David said to all the congregation, "Now bless the Lord your God.'' So all the congregation blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and bowed their heads and prostrated themselves before the Lord and the king.
  2. But is this the case today?
    1. No it is not.
    2. All we need do is look around us.
    3. It is sad to think how empty the earth is of the glory of God, how little service and honour he has from a world to which he is such a bountiful benefactor. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)
  3. But we can be a part of filling the earth with the glory of God.
    1. Through our world mission offering we can be an answer to the beleiver's prayers.
    2. We can help with education.
    3. We can help with health care.
    4. We can help with poverty
    5. If we will give
  4. Some examples
    1. ABC missionary Katherine Niles (Haiti) believes in helping believers become all God wants them to be. She says: "We work in a world fraught with political, economic and social instability, and one dominated by human nature. When a lifetime of 'development' efforts are erased by one 'pillage', by one hurricane, or by the hands of a disobedient 'colleague', left standing are people who know and walk with God. If I have not built people of God, not much will remain standing, no matter how careful my efforts."
    2. ABC missionary Kim Brown coordinates the Health Project for Tribal People (HPTP). Workers from the Karen and Lahu Baptist Conventions staff the HPTP. Together they brought health education and personal care to nearly 10,000 persons in 1999. The House of Love, an internationally acclaimed home for women with AIDS and their children, is one part of the Health Project's ministry. Several residents of the House of Love have come to faith in Jesus Christ, experiencing God's love in powerful ways as they confront a deadly disease.
    3. I listened to a missionary in Costa Rica tell of a woman who left her husband because he was molesting their oldest daughter. She is a Christian forced to work but with little education she can not make ends meet. The missionary receives an offering of only $15.00 form one individual every month and every month she places that money into the hand of this lady. The lady tried to refuse telling the missionary how she could not continue to take the money. The missionary asked if she was praying for God to supply her needs to which the lady responded yes. The missionary told her that the money was from God as it well was in answer to her prayer. And the Glory of the Lord fills that place.
    4. Like the little boy throwing back the star fish, we cannot throw them all back but those who we can help will glorify the Lord for His marvelous works.

Other Study notes and illustrations

Ps 72:19 [And let the whole earth be filled with his glory] With the knowledge of himself; with the manifestations of his presence; with the influences of his religion. Compare Num 14:21. This prayer was especially appropriate at the close of a psalm designed to celebrate the glorious reign of the Messiah. Under that reign the earth will be, in fact, filled with the glory of God; the world will be a world of glory. Assuredly all who love God, and who love mankind, all who desire that God may be honored, and that the world may be blessed and happy, will unite in this fervent prayer, and reecho the hearty "Amen and amen" of the psalmist. (from Barnes' Notes, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1997 by Biblesoft)

Ps 72:18-19 The closing words: and let the whole earth be full, etc., are taken from Num 14:21. (from Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament: New Updated Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1996 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)

Ps 72:18-20 The psalmist is here enlarged in thanksgivings for the prophecy and promise, v. 18, 19. So sure is every word of God, and with so much satisfaction may we rely upon it, that we have reason enough to give thanks for what he has said, though it be not yet done. We must own that for all the great things he has done for the world, for the church, for the children of men, for his own children, in the kingdom of providence, in the kingdom of grace, for all the power and trust lodged in the hands of the Redeemer, God is worthy to be praised; we must stir up ourselves and all that is within us to praise him after the best manner, and desire that all others may do it. (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)

Ps 72:18-20

How he ever shuts up his life with this prayer, v. 20. This was the last psalm that ever he penned, though not placed last in this collection; he penned it when he lay on his death-bed, and with this he breathes his last: "Let God be glorified, let the kingdom of the Messiah be set up, and kept up, in the world, and I have enough, I desire no more. With this let the prayers of David the son of Jesse be ended. Even so, come, Lord Jesus, come quickly." (from Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible: New Modern Edition, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1991 by Hendrickson Publishers, Inc.)

It is, and ever will be, the acme of our desires, and the climax of our prayers, to behold Jesus exalted King of kings and Lord of lords. He has done great wonders such as none else can match, leaving all others so far behind, that he remains the sole and only wonder worker; Spurgeon

A sacrifice of praise will always cost you something. It will be a difficult thing to do. It requires trading in our pride, our anger, and most valued of all, our human logic. We will be compelled to voice our words of praise firmly and precisely, even as our logic screams that God has no idea what he's doing. Most of the verses written about praise in God's Word were penned by men and women who faced crushing heartaches, injustice, treachery, slander, and scores of other intolerable situations.

Joni Eareckson Tada

Worship helps us find who we are and why God has placed us here on the earth. When we bow in God's presence with worship, only then are we made complete. Judson Cornwall. Leadership, Vol. 16, no. 2.


Ps 95

6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. 7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand.


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