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Psalm 96

Praise to God Who Comes in Judgment


O sing to the Lord a new song;

sing to the Lord, all the earth.


Sing to the Lord, bless his name;

tell of his salvation from day to day.


Declare his glory among the nations,

his marvelous works among all the peoples.


For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;

he is to be revered above all gods.


For all the gods of the peoples are idols,

but the Lord made the heavens.

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Ps 96:1-13. The substance of this Psalm, and portions of the ninety-seventh, ninety-eighth, and hundredth, are found in 1Ch 16:7-36, which was used by David's directions in the dedication of the tabernacle on Mount Zion. The dispensation of the Messiah was typified by that event, involving, as it did, a more permanent seat of worship, and the introduction of additional and more spiritual services. Hence the language of these Psalms may be regarded as having a higher import than that pertinent to the occasion on which it was thus publicly used.

1-3. All nations are invited to unite in this most joyful praise.

new song—literally, "fresh," or new mercies (Ps 33:3; 40:3).

2. show forth—literally, "declare joyful tidings."

salvation—illustrates His glory in its wonders of love and mercy.

4, 5. For He is not a local God, but of universal agency, while idols are nothing.