1 Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. 2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. 3 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 4 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. 5 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. 6 Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary. 7 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. 9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of his[a] holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. 10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. 11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. 12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. 13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his faithfulness.
David, who wrote this Psalm was a man of contrasts. He was single mindedly committed to God, yet guilty of some of the most serious sins recorded in the Old Testament. One thing I love about David is his joy that he had in the Lord, which is so evident in his psalms, (especially in this one). He knew who God was and knew of his freedom and salvation.
I find this passage a bit of a “to-do” list. Despite what I am going through that day or that week, I need to sing a new song, to get out of my grizzling or whining and proclaim His goodness and remember the things He has done for us. The act of singing itself means to me there is joy behind it. I don’t think one can burst out singing without it.
I love in vs 9 how David is telling us to “worship the Lord in the splendour of His holiness…”. I find myself sometimes complacent of his glory, forgetting His hugeness and almighty power. This psalm is a good reminder of that.
Verses 11-13 creates a beautiful picture. To imagine all creation rejoicing, praising and worshipping the Lord – what joy that would be, I must admit though, I sometimes struggle to believe this.
Lord I ask you to help me remember Your almighty glory and splendour. Remind me in every season to dance and sing a new song like David did. Thank you that there is always a reason to praise Your name, to proclaim Your goodness and faithfulness. Help me to see where I have idols in my life, things that I am “worshipping” that are not of You. Please forgive me for not fearing you at times and help my unbelief to see all creation worshipping your holy name. Thank you that there is freedom and joy to be found in You. Amen.
Written by Sophie Stewart