Psalm Chapter 96: I’m singing a new Song

(Unless otherwise cited the scriptural references in these devotionals are from the King James Version of the Bible found on http://www.Biblegateway.com – Public Domain edition.)

Context

The psalm entitles itself as a new song and a shout for victory, Furthermore, it celebrates God as our Victor, King, and Judge. There many verbal similarities of this hymn with psalm and Psalm 98. As the worship leader, the psalmist leads the congregation in a song of praise to its one true God.

Let’s sing a new song

1 O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth. Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

Longman describes the intent of this call to worship. “His deeds bring him glory, a word ( kābôd ) that literally means ‘heavy’ and indicates that God is a God of substance and great reputation (Longman 2010: 48–50). They are to sing to God a new song, a phrase that normally occurs in warfare contexts and implies that it is a shout of victory (for more see 98:1–3).”

Great is our Lord

For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Our great Lord reigns

The congregation is being called to worship God. They are encouraged to attribute to God the glory and strength that belongs to him. (see verse 6). Verse 7 is similar to the promise to Abraham that God would bless all the ‘families of the earth’ through him and his descendants (Gen. 12:3). God’s people are to come to sing and offer a gift or tribute to God (Lev. 2).

Come on now let the world rejoice

11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice13 Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

The psalmist ends the psalm by asking all that God has created to rejoice in who He is and His creative power. Even the and inanimate objects. See verse 12 “Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein:Lastly the psalmist gives hope to the people and identifies a time period when all of the injustice, suffering, and poor leadership will end.

rejoice13 Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

This is a reminder that we all need today. I believe that the coming of the Lord is closer than we think. I want him to come quickly. I also want my unsaved friends to come to know Him. My desire if for total strangers to come to know the Lord, too. We are members of the human community. I do not want anyone to perish in the time to come. To die eternally without Christ means to not know the sweetness of living with Him in the world tomorrow. It also means not having that grace and peace that comes when one knows Him right now.

“With righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity”: He is judging us now and at His second coming. We just need to be prepared for that day of judgment. Matthew 25

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