May 7, 2019

Psalm 96:1 (NLT) — 1 Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!

Each day is a new day to live in the grace of God; Therefore we should sing each day with new gusto, joy and enthusiasm.

Psalm 96:2 (NLT) — 2 Sing to the Lord; praise his name. Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.

God is not like Target which closed up shop and left Fergus Falls. God’s ‘salvation shop’ is always open for business 24/7 year ’round!

Psalm 96:3 (NLT) — 3 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.

I believe we have more than enough Christian publications. We need more people talking about Jesus. More personal testimonies need to be shared. The tongue can be used to spread good or evil. Let’s use it to spread the good news that Jesus still saves. Jesus still pardons. Jesus still forgives. Jesus still heals. Jesus still guides.

Psalm 96:4 (NLT) — 4 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise! He is to be feared above all gods.

There is no one else in the world worthy of our praise. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for our creator. We wouldn’t have any talents apart from God giving them to us. The only reason we can think is because God gave us a mind. The very fact that we can even praise comes from the breath of life that He breathed into us.

Psalm 96:5 (NLT) — 5 The gods of other nations are mere idols, but the Lord made the heavens!

All other so-called gods are merely made out of stuff that our God created!

Psalm 96:6 (NLT) — 6 Honor and majesty surround him; strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.

These are qualities that everyone wants. They are found only in the Lord. So if we have any of these qualities we should bow and worship the Lord because he has provided them for us. We should never exalt another human being; anything good, any strength, any intelllect and any beauty that is in them is from God’s hand.

Psalm 96:7 (NLT) — 7 O nations of the world, recognize the Lord; recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.

We recognize many people with awards, trophies and statues. It is time to recognize the Lord.

Psalm 96:8 (NLT) — 8 Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts.

Giving gives value to our worship. It shows that we are not all talk and no action. The offering of ‘thanks giving’ would be appropriate here.

Psalm 96:9–10 (NLT) — 9 Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. 10 Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!” The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly.

Our Maker didn’t do a shoddy job of making the world. He is precise in everything He does and therefore because of His great craftsmanship the world stands firm and not even close to falling apart.

Psalm 96:11–12 (NLT) — 11 Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! 12 Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy

Like our bodies which have been racked with sickness and disease because of sin; so all of creation has suffered the effects of sin. Creation deals with disease, fungus, weeds and death just like our bodies. Creation groans under this heavy load.

Psalm 96:13 (NLT) — 13 before the Lord, for he is coming! He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with justice, and the nations with his truth.

He is coming to judge the earth: “To rule it with discretion; not to tax it, and control it by force, as kings often do, but to preside as magistrates do whose business it is to see justice carried out between man and man.” (Spurgeon)

“As C. S. Lewis points out, the ancients lived in a world where judges usually needed to be bribed and right judgment was exceedingly hard to come by, especially for weak, poor, or disadvantaged persons. In such a climate, the disadvantaged did not fear judgment but rather longed for it, because it meant a day when evil would be punished and those who did the right things would be vindicated.” (Boice)

“Honesty, veracity, integrity, will rule upon his judgment-seat. No nation shall be favoured there, and none be made to suffer through prejudice. The black man shall be tried by the same law as his white master, the aboriginal shall have justice executed for him against his civilised exterminator, the crushed and hunted Bushman shall have space to appeal against the Boer who slaughtered his tribe, and the South Sea Islander shall gain attention to his piteous plaint against the treacherous wretch who kidnapped him from his home. There shall be true judgment given without fear or favour. In all this let the nations be glad, and the universe rejoice.” (Spurgeon)

“Here come da judge” 🙂

Be Inspired Hilltop!