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Psalm 96

June 4, 2009

This psalm is very similar to Psalm 95 in content and approach. Psalm 95 is worded so as to encourage us to praise God. Psalm 96 is an exhortation or command for us to praise God. We are to practice on earth what will be in heaven.

We are to sing praise to God. All the earth [all creation] is to sing to God, blessing His Name, proclaiming His salvation, and telling of His glory and deeds. It is a new song reflecting our change of heart in acknowledging God our Savior, recognizing He is the Almighty God and is to be feared. The new song of praise reflects our change of heart from worshiping idols to worshiping the Creator God.

God made the heavens. He is on His throne. All that He has created is filled with splendor, majesty, strength, and beauty. All creation is before Him. All creation belongs to Him. God is sovereign over His creation.

Therefore, we are to serve God in addition to praising and worshipping Him. We are to tell others of His glory and strength. We are to bring an offering to Him, our selves, clothed in the Holy attire of righteousness. We come before Him trembling because He reigns over the nations and is sovereign over all creation. He, God, is judge of all people. God not only is sovereign but He is just.

The psalm now changes tone and encourages all creation to praise God. This is prophesied in scripture and will happen before He comes again. When God comes again, He will judge all the people for their righteousness and faithfulness.

Praise God, glorify His Name, humble yourself before Him, and fear Him for He is sovereign and will some day judge us according to righteousness and faithfulness. He exalts all those who worship Him in spirit and truth.

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