Psalm 96–A New Song

imageFor great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.

For all the Gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord mad the heavens. Psalm 96:4-5

The psalm demands an allegiance as stunning today as it was in the day it was written. Praise the God of Israel as the God of peoples and lands. Dispense with all other gods as they are simply idols, powerless and without meaning. Though we may not carve idols, our age certainly replaces God with other objects of devotion. Observer the lines pouring out of Verizon stores this week to possess and iPhone, the people believing that ownership of this phone would be transformative enough to queue up for hours in the winter cold.

Three calls to action follow the psalmist’s establishment of the authority and omnipresence of God:

Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts.

Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. (vv 7-9)

To what do we ascribe glory and strength, really? To whom do our offerings go? Do we tremble before anything?

Grace and peace to you.

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Anticipation

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Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.

Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.  (Psalm 96:11-13)

 

The birth of the Savior brings with it the promise of restoration. For the believer in Christ, the restoration begins at once. Our hope is realized and still, yet to come. For the fields and the forests, the birds and the antelope, the oceans and ice fields, anticipation rules. Their anticipation of restoration must continue until our centuries long Advent is complete. We pray Lord that you don’t tarry.

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