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Psalm 96

Psalm 96

What would the world be like if we all decided to obey this psalm every time we read it. What if, for instance, we decided to do as the Psalmist commanded and sing or write a new song? We could learn to “sing a new song.” We would go to our hymnbook or to youtube and choose a new song to learn.

God keeps doing new things in our lives everyday. We keep discovering new aspects of Him, discovering new ways in which He does wonders.

When we get up in the morning, we turn to our family and praise them. We praise them because we love them and see their attributes, and we praise them because they love us. The psalmist says that brutish people don’t know this love of God. Praise naturally rises from the heart for anything we love. Just as snide cracks rise up instantly when we deal with something (or someone) we hate. Just as we naturally whine when we’re in pain.
Of course sometimes we don’t quite feel like praising. Yet, this psalm tells us it’s a good thing to do. We must rejoice at what God is doing in our lives, even if we don’t see it. We know God’s character and God’s Word. What God has said is truth. Not what we see, not what the doctors declare, but what God himself has proclaimed. This is where our victory comes: we praise God for what we know He is doing in our lives in spite of what we see because we know God’s character.

1O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
2Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.
3Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
4For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all Gods.
5For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
6Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
7Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
8Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
9O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
10Say 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.
11Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
12Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
13Before 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.

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