96:1 O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
96:2 Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.
96:3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.
96:4 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods.
96:5 For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.
96:6 Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
96:7 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
96:8 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts.
96:9 Worship the LORD in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.
96:10 Say among the nations, “The LORD is king! The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity.”
96:11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
96:12 let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
96:13 before the LORD; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.
There is no other power that can compare to our God who is in Heaven. This Psalm describes exactly who God is and His role in this world. He is the supreme and only creator. He is the only just God that can rule this world and provide forgiveness and judgement. Through Him we find our ultimate source of strength and peace. He is also the one who can offer the world forgiveness and truly save us from our sins.
There are many “rulers” and “gods” that the world looks to. Many put there hope in things that are false and have no actual power or ability to do anything. They are empty lifeless “gods” who inevitably leave one without any hope and means to think that their desires will be met.
This Psalm gives us a reason to rejoice and be glad because we serve the one and only true God. As followers of Christ we need to recognize all of who God is and what He can do. Let us daily remind ourselves to worship and thank God for rescuing lost sinners like us and loving us enough to keep showering us with His Grace each day.
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