Psalm 96:1-13 NIV Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord , all the earth. Sing to the Lord , praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord , all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. Let all creation rejoice before the Lord , for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness.
A Song Of Praise To God Coming In Judgement
Everyone worships. The question is not whether humans worship, but whom or what they worship. In this psalm is the rationale for joining in God’s mission to make himself known. Although the pagan nations were worshiping idols they made, God made the entire world, including these pagans and the materials they used to carve idols.
Psalm 96:5 NIV For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
Nevertheless, the first verse of this psalm calls upon all the earth to sing to God — including those who have turned away from him. Since the creation of the world, God intended to fill the earth with true worshipers.
The people of God declare His glory even in the midst of the pagan nations.
Psalm 96:3 NIV Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
The apostle John’s vision in the book of Revelation gave the reader a peek into God’s eternal purposes.
Revelation 5:9 NIV And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
False gods, false teachers, and false prophets make false promises. However, the true God, in sending his Son, brought glory to himself by redeeming worshipers from every nation on earth.
Psalm 96:11 NIV Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Some content from the Jesus Bible Reading Plan by Zondervan with Passion City Church
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Donald Jacobs is an ordained minister with the spiritual gift of teaching. He is the Associate Pastor of a non-denominational church in Los Angeles, CA.