Jun. 30, 2016

Psalm 96: 1-6

 Deuteronomy 6:5   And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all
thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

The above verse instructs us to love the Lord with our entire being. We are to give Him our all. Love is an action word, not a feeling.  Love is demonstrated not just spoken. When we truly have a loving relationship we derive pleasure from expressing that love in various ways. Psalm 96 rehearses the Wonder of our God. This is a good song to meditate on in preparation for prayer or worship.

Psalm 96 is a Song of Praise. Through this song we are admonished to acknowledge the greatness of our God. Admonition may be thought of as a firm reminder or strong counsel. Praise is due Him and this psalm lets us know we ought to do it and identifies some ways He is to be honored.

 Psalms 96:1   O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.

We are to sing unto the Lord! Many times when people sing songs of worship or praise, they are singing ABOUT the Lord but they are singing TO the congregation or to the audience. Naturally, singing in a public setting can be quite different from the private singing we do when it is just the Lord and us. Public singing might often be more effective if we keep in mind that He is the Audience we want to please and receive His approval and appreciation.

Our singing to Him should be FRESH. There should be a fresh appreciation of Him. Praise should not be stale or boring. We ought to anticipate receiving a new perspective of His Greatness.

All the earth is urged to sing unto the Lord. The birds and brooks do it. The winds and the seas do it. He is worthy to receive accolades from all the earth.

  Psalms 96:2   Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

Sometimes it seems like we think songs of worship and praise originated with us. Music is God's idea. This expression of joy and gladness was going on long before we came on the scene. Singing produces many results. God-honoring music can stir the Spirit of the Lord; physical, mental and emotional healings can manifest and the atmosphere can be totally transformed. 

We bless His name through thoughts and behaviors that reflect His character. We are to daily demonstrate His salvation. It is important to remember what He has done to purchase our salvation. Salvation for us is free but it cost Him a great deal. Keeping the awareness of the depth of His sacrifice at the forefront of our minds is vital.

   Psalms 96:3   Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

Two groups of people are mentioned in verse 3. We are to verbally and boldly share how magnificent He is. We are to tell it to those who don't know Him (heathen) and to (all) people.  Point out that all people are benefiting daily from His glorious wonders. Whether they know Him or not, whether they have reverenced Him or not they are still benefiting. They are breathing His air and drinking His water and have an open invitation to freely receive His gift of salvation.

  Psalms 96:4   For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.

Verse 4 lets us know why He is due such marvelous Praise...because He Is GREAT!!! There is no one like Him! He is Magnificent and Glorious and no other god compares to Him. People have all kinds of gods. Their gods are what or who they worship, love and trust. For some their god is money. They worship it, which means they value it above anything else. They love it and do anything they can to get more of it, spend their time thinking about it and prefer it to anything or anyone else. They trust it because they put their confidence in it and believe it will save them from any misfortune or unpleasantness. Money and all other gods are false. They cannot deliver what they promise.

The Lord God Almighty is the only True and Living God and He is to be feared or reverenced and honored. The distinction of being reverenced is reserved for Him only.

  Psalms 96:5   For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.

All other claims of diety are false. Our God is the only One who does everything that He says He will do. He is the only One who is who He says He is. He is the only One who brought the world into existence. No other god can substantiate their claims of diety.

  Psalms 96:6   Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Honor and Majesty are before Him. They announce His Presence. Regality and Splendor are indications of His Presence but He is the Main Attraction!

Strength and Beauty dwell with Him. They are not separate characteristics that only show up occasionally. They are permanent with Him. Humans don't generally recognize these two attributes in the same being. We may assign both attributes to innanimate objects but not to a Person. We may describe a fast sports car with a sleek design as beautiful and strong. Or we may consider an architecturally appealing building that looms over the landscape of a city as visually attractive and structurally sound.

But our God is Spirit (John 4:24) and He is described in human terms so that we can understand. Strength and Beauty aren't just visiting. They are not fleeting attributes that light on Him from time to time. They are part of who He is. They dwell in the permanency of His character.

Thanks for visiting. More to follow for verses 7 through 13.

  Psalms 96:7   Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
  Psalms 96:8   Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
  Psalms 96:9   O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
  Psalms 96:10   Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
  Psalms 96:11   Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
  Psalms 96:12   Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
  Psalms 96:13   Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.