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Psalm 95

A Call to Worship and Obedience


O come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!


Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!


For the Lord is a great God,

and a great King above all gods.


In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also.


The sea is his, for he made it,

and the dry land, which his hands have formed.



O come, let us worship and bow down,

let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!


For he is our God,

and we are the people of his pasture,

and the sheep of his hand.


O that today you would listen to his voice!


Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,

as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,


when your ancestors tested me,

and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.


For forty years I loathed that generation

and said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray,

and they do not regard my ways.”


Therefore in my anger I swore,

“They shall not enter my rest.”

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.


Honor and majesty are before him;

strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.



Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,

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 holy splendor;

tremble before him, all the earth.



Say among the nations, “The Lord is king!

The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.

He will judge the peoples with equity.”


Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

let the sea roar, and all that fills it;


let the field exult, and everything in it.

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy


before the Lord; for he is coming,

for he is coming to judge the earth.

He will judge the world with righteousness,

and the peoples with his truth.

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Ps 95:1-11. David (Heb 4:7) exhorts men to praise God for His greatness, and warns them, in God's words, against neglecting His service.

1. The terms used to express the highest kind of joy.

rock—a firm basis, giving certainty of salvation (Ps 62:7).

2. come … presence—literally, "approach," or, meet Him (Ps 17:13).

3. above … gods—esteemed such by men, though really nothing (Jer 5:7; 10:10-15).

4, 5. The terms used describe the world in its whole extent, subject to God.

6. come—or, "enter," with solemn forms, as well as hearts.

7. This relation illustrates our entire dependence (compare Ps 23:3; 74:1). The last clause is united by Paul (Heb 3:7) to the following (compare Ps 81:8),

8-11. warning against neglect; and this is sustained by citing the melancholy fate of their rebellious ancestors, whose provoking insolence is described by quoting the language of God's complaint (Nu 14:11) of their conduct at Meribah and Massah, names given (Ex 17:7) to commemorate their strife and contention with Him (Ps 78:18, 41).

10. err in their heart—Their wanderings in the desert were but types of their innate ignorance and perverseness.

that they should not—literally, "if they," &c., part of the form of swearing (compare Nu 14:30; Ps 89:35).

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.

6. Honour and majesty—are His attendants, declared in His mighty works, while power and grace are specially seen in His spiritual relations to His people.

7-9. Give—or, "ascribe" (Ps 29:1) due honor to Him, by acts of appointed and solemn worship in His house.

8. offering—of thanks.

9. beauty of holiness—(Ps 29:2).

fear … him—(Ps 2:11).

10. Let all know that the government of the world is ordered in justice, and they shall enjoy firm and lasting peace (compare Ps 72:3, 7; Isa 9:6, 7).

11-13. For which reason the universe is invoked to unite in joy, and even inanimate nature (Ro 8:14-22) is poetically represented as capable of joining in the anthem of praise.