Psalm 96:1-13 … A CALL FOR ALL NATIONS TO WORSHIP GOD NOW AND IN FUTURE.
Q.1. Why is God to be praised above all others? To whom was the good tidings to be shared? Why? – (Ps.96:1-10) =
Q.2. What does God’s reign apply? Why does the Psalmist want all people to factor in a future judgment? –(Ps.96:10-13) =
Worship in the Splendor of Holiness
96 Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!
9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;[a]
tremble before him, all the earth!
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.”
11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
12 let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
13 before the Lord, for he comes,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
and the peoples in his faithfulness.
Q.1. Why is God to be praised above all others? With whom were the good tidings to be shared? Why? – (Ps.96:1-10) = We should sing to the Lord a fresh new song that comes out of the meditation of our hearts (Ps.96:1). The psalmist credited God with wonderful deeds. He claimed that – the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods (Ps.96.4). This is so because all the gods of the surrounding nations are mere man-made idols – … but the Lord made the heavens (Ps.96:5). The good tidings of the greatness and His salvation should be proclaimed each day – among the nations (Ps.96:2-3). All the earth should tremble at His majesty and splendour (Ps.96:9). The task of the righteous is to – say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns’. Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity (Ps.96:10). The psalmist took this task seriously.
Q.2. To what does God’s reign apply? Why did the Psalmist want all people to factor in a future judgment? –(Ps.96:10-13) = The Psalmist reflected on God’s role in this life … and beyond this life. We should factor in the hereafter, because God’s reign is eternal over all He has created. We are wise to remember that … He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness (Ps.96:13). Every week that passes by reminds us that there is much injustice and inequality in the world. This inequity necessitates God’s faithfulness and intervention (Ps.96:10). If God ignored man’s inhumanity toward man, He would neither be just nor faithful. However – … He is coming. He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in His faithfulness (Ps.96:13). Wise are those who give greater consideration to the distant future, than they give to the immediate future. This should not fill us with fear. The anticipation of Christ’s future coming and reign, filled the psalmist with joy (Ps.96:11-12).
(Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.)
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