9 and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: “For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, And sing to Your name.”
Now we come to the second objective of Christ’s ministry, showing how He related to Gentiles.
9 and that
“And that” coordinates this verse with verse eight.
the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy,
Because God made no covenants with the Gentiles, He had nothing to “confirm” (v. 8) with them. Any blessing that came to them was an act of “mercy” on God’s part. Again, the Holy Spirit emphasizes the glory of God to show what was at stake in the relationship among believers.
“Mercy” is God’s royal love; it is grace in action. Gentiles glorify God for this kind of mercy, a unilateral grace-mercy.
as it is written:
Paul, in verses 9 through 12, anchored what he said in four Old Testament passages showing God’s dealings with the Gentiles. These quotations are from all three main divisions of the Old Testament—the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms. He quoted Moses, David, and Isaiah in these passages.
“For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles,
This is a quotation from David in Psalm 18:49 (2 Sa 22:50). After the defeat of his enemies, he sat on his throne and gave thanks to God for victory over his adversaries.
Jews of Paul’s day were to give praise to God with Gentiles. Gentiles would praise God as well; David said that he would “confess to You among the Gentiles.” That is, he would do this not only to Gentiles but with them or among them.
And sing to Your name.”
David praised God among the Gentiles.
God keeps His Word.
God brings into realization what He promised. God’s plan to bring both Jew and Gentile into His acceptance was no afterthought. Jesus came into the world to fulfill God’s exact plan. He fulfilled the law perfectly. He did what we could not do.
Ro 1:13-14, 13 Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles. 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise.
Those of us who are Gentiles need to take note of God’s mercy on our souls. He did not forget us.