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

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

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

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

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

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

7 Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.

8 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.

9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.

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.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.

12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice

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.

Commentary for Psalms 96

A call to all people to praise God. (1-9) God's government and judgment. (10-13)

1-9 When Christ finished his work on earth, and was received into his glory in heaven, the church began to sing a new song unto him, and to bless his name. His apostles and evangelists showed forth his salvation among the heathen, his wonders among all people. All the earth is here summoned to worship the Lord. We must worship him in the beauty of holiness, as God in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself. Glorious things are said of him, both as motives to praise and matter of praise.

10-13 We are to hope and pray for that time, when Christ shall reign in righteousness over all nations. He shall rule in the hearts of men, by the power of truth, and the Spirit of righteousness. His coming draws nigh; this King, this Judge standeth before the door, but he is not yet come. The Lord will accept the praises of all who seek to promote the kingdom of Christ. The sea can but roar, and how the trees of the wood can show that they rejoice we know not; but He that searches the heart knows what is the mind of the Spirit, and understands the words, the broken language of the weakest. Christ will come to judge the earth, to execute just vengeance on his enemies, and to fulfil his largest promises to his people. What then are we? Would that day be welcome to us? If this be not our case, let us now begin to prepare to meet our God, by seeking the pardon of our sins, and the renewal of our souls to holiness.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 96

  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 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 JOHN 7:24 JUDGE NOT ACCORDING TO THE APPEARANCE --- BUT JUDGE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT ---
  • JACKOLYN HART
    I love the word of god
  • Melvin
    Worship and praise should be a life style.
  • Steve morrow
    1 CHRONICLES 16:9 SING UNTO HIM SING PSALMS UNTO HIM TALK YE OF ALL HIS WONDROUS WORKS PSALM 7:17 I WILL PRAISE THE LORD ACCORDING TO HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WILL SING PRAISE TO THE NAME OF THE LORD MOST HIGH PSALM 47:7 FOR GOD IS THE KING OF ALL THE EARTH SING YE PRAISES --- WITH UNDERSTANDING --- PSALM 101:1 I WILL SING OF MERCY AND JUDGEMENT UNTO THEE O LORD I WILL SING PSALM 100 :1 MAKE A JOYFUL NOISE UNTO THE LORD ALL YOU LANDS EZEKIEL 33:32 AND LO THOU ART UNTO THEM AS A VERY LOVELY SONG OF ONE THAT HATH A PLEASANT VOICE AND CAN PLAY WELL ON AN INSTRUMENT --- FOR THEY HEAR THY WORDS --- BUT THEY DO THEM NOT --- PSALM 138:1 I WILL PRAISE THEE WITH MY --- WHOLE HEART --- BEFORE THE GODS WILL I SING PRAISE UNTO THEE EZEKIEL 33:31 AND THEY COME UNTO THEE AS THE PEOPLE COMETH AND THEY SIT BEFORE THEE AS MY PEOPLE --AND THEY HEAR THY WORDS--BUT THEY WILL NOT DO THEM--FOR WITH THEIR MOUTH THEY SHOW MUCH LOVE BUT THEIR HEART GOETH AFTER THEIR COVETOUSNESS
  • Graham
    At the coming of our Great God the saints shall meet him in the air all filled with the Holy Ghost speaking with other tongues those who have obeyed his Word along with the same from the day of pentacost(the early church)
  • Graham
    The words of everlasting life are Acts 2-38 Repent be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sin and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost(speaking with other tongues-the sign). True freedom in the spirit is freedom within Gods Word.
  • William Lambert
    The sanctuary of God is a place for all to worship...to dance, to sing, to adore the beauty of all the earth.
  • Melody Allen
    To fear the Lord is to respect him for who he is!!

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