Grow Daily, 12 February, Psalm 96

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.

Psalm 96

Psalm 96 is an anthem calling “all the earth” together to sing praise to God. It was originally written for Israel, giving hope that one day a great and perfect Lord would rule over all nations.

This Psalm is a great song of praise. God is praised for his salvation and mighty deeds, for his majesty and his work as Creator. The singers are reminded of God’s perfect kingship, and his glory and strength. The sound of all nations rejoicing is amplified in the final section of the Psalm as we ‘hear’ the sound of the whole world, the heavens and earth, fields, trees, forests… all of creation rejoicing before the Lord, the great king, and judge of the earth.

For those of us whose hearts have been transformed by Jesus, this Psalm creates a vivid picture of our new heart song. It gives us a taste of the song we’ll sing as one in heaven to Jesus, the risen king. It’s also interesting that Psalm 96 pictures singing this new song as part of Israel declaring God’s glory to the nations. The songs we sing together communicate something to the people around us, and to the people who join us. As we sing together on Sundays, as our lives sing about God’s glory, as we work in harmony with one another as God’s people, singing songs about Jesus from hearts beating together, synchronised by the Spirit, other people will hear our song. It has the potential to be the sweetest sound they hear – a sound that invites them to join their own voices to this chorus.

Dig Deeper

The Apostle Paul expects our church gatherings to be filled with song. In Colossians 3:16 he says:

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

He also expects our gatherings our singing to communicate to people around us, read 1 Corinthians 14:12-17, and 22-25, where Paul talks about the purpose of singing in an accessible way, and the results. What are the implications this has for how we approach singing together in church? And how you approach singing from a new heart?

Psalm 96

 

Psalm 96

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 hisholiness;

    tremble before him, all the earth.

10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”

    The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;

    he will judge the peoples with equity.

 

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;

    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.

12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;

    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.

13 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.

 

Reflection

Psalm 96 is an anthem calling “all the earth” together to sing praise to God. It was originally written for Israel, giving hope that one day a great and perfect Lord would rule over all nations.

 

This Psalm is a great song of praise. God is praised for his salvation and mighty deeds, for his majesty and his work as Creator. The singers are reminded of God’s perfect kingship, and his glory and strength. The sound of all nations rejoicing is amplified in the final section of the Psalm as we ‘hear’ the sound of the whole world, the heavens and earth, fields, trees, forests… all of creation rejoicing before the Lord, the great king, and judge of the earth.

 

For those of us whose hearts have been transformed by Jesus, this Psalm creates a vivid picture of our new heart song. It gives us a taste of the song we’ll sing as one in heaven to Jesus, the risen king. It’s also interesting that Psalm 96 pictures singing this new song as part of Israel declaring God’s glory to the nations. The songs we sing together communicate something to the people around us, and to the people who join us. As we sing together on Sundays, as our lives sing about God’s glory, as we work in harmony with one another as God’s people, singing songs about Jesus from hearts beating together, synchronised by the Spirit, other people will hear our song. It has the potential to be the sweetest sound they hear – a sound that invites them to join their own voices to this chorus.

Dig Deeper

The Apostle Paul expects our church gatherings to be filled with song. In Colossians 3:16 he says:

 

Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”

 

He also expects our gatherings our singing to communicate to people around us, read 1 Corinthians 14:12-17, and 22-25, where Paul talks about the purpose of singing in an accessible way, and the results. What are the implications this has for how we approach singing together in church? And how you approach singing from a new heart?