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Psalm 96

1 Sing a new song to the Lord;
let the whole earth sing to the Lord.
2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
proclaim his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his wondrous works among all peoples.

4 For the Lord is great and is highly praised;
he is feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the peoples are 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, you families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory of his name;
bring an offering and enter his courts.
9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
let the whole earth tremble before him.

10 Say among the nations: “The Lord reigns.
The world is firmly established; it cannot be shaken.
He judges the peoples fairly.”
11 Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice;
let the sea and all that fills it resound.
12 Let the fields and everything in them celebrate.
Then all the trees of the forest will shout for joy
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 faithfulness.

The Original Intent

1) What commands are given in this Psalm?

There are all kinds of verbs in this Psalm that command how we are to respond to God:  Sing, bless, proclaim, declare, ascribe, bring an offering, worship, tremble before Him, and say to name a few. 

We are to tell of God’s greatness and respond in worship, reverence, and offering.

The Everyday Application

1) What commands are given in this Psalm?

This Psalm is all about praising God.  What a great example to us!  We can praise God, no matter what our circumstances, because He is great, powerful, and unchanging. 

Which of the verbs in this Psalm do you need to emphasize in your own life this week?  Do you need to proclaim his salvation to people?  Do you need to ascribe to Him the credit He is due?  Do you need to worship Him?

Take the psalmist’s challenge and Speak His Praise out loud! Amazing things happen in our hearts when we verbally proclaim the goodness of the Lord!

The Original Intent

2) What attributes of God does the Psalmist emphasize?

God’s glory is mentioned in verses 3, 7, and 8; His works are mentioned, from salvation (v. 2) to creation (v. 5); His strength (vv. 6, 7), His holiness, splendor, majesty, and beauty are mentioned in the middle of the Psalm, and His faithful and righteous judgments (vv. 10, 13) conclude the Psalm.

The Everyday Application

2) What attributes of God does the Psalmist emphasize?

This Psalm briefly touches on a number of God’s attributes, without really digging deeply into any of them.  While it’s good to really study different aspects of God’s character, sometimes just listing as many descriptors of God as you can will help you to see just how great He really is. 

Follow this Psalmist’s example and list all the praiseworthy attributes of God that you can. Create your own psalm of praise, focusing on WHO God is, your love for Him will grow just by this simple act of truly adoring Him!

The Original Intent

3) How does creation respond to God?

Verses 11-12 personify the world that God created, saying that the sea, the fields, the trees, etc. will shout for joy and resound. 

Even the earth itself was created to bring praise to its Maker.

The Everyday Application

3) How does creation respond to God?

Romans 8 tells us that creation itself is longing for the day when God will put all things right again.  This psalm points to the manner in which creation praises God. 

Everything God made reflects His lordship, declaring simply by their intricate design He is in control. He will one day bring all of creation back into submission to Him, and creation points to His authoritative design. it is only human beings that dare to speak out against His authority!

Learn from the creation that God created us for worship Him; join with creation and gladly worship Him too!

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