Thursday 23 December, 2021

Psalm 96

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 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.

What a wonderful declaration this psalm is: Great is the Lord and worthy of praise! This psalm speaks of His marvellous deeds, majesty, glory and splendour. It declares His sovereignty over heaven and earth. He is above it all. He is worthy of all praise.

This psalm calls us to actively sing, give praise, proclaim, declare, ascribe, worship and speak of His greatness. As I read it, I’m drawn in. I too want to join in and offer my praise to the Lord.

By doing this, something amazing happens. As I offer praise to the Lord and lift Him up, as I focus on Him and declare His goodness and greatness, He draws me close to Him.

God is not interested in a distant one-way relationship. He wants us to be with Him, side by side. But He doesn’t force us to worship Him. If we humble ourselves before Him and recognise who He truly is, He offers a way of salvation through Jesus so that we can live in close relationship with Him.

Oh Father God how thankful I am for this. Thank you for loving me and sending your son Jesus for me. Thank you for making a way to draw me close. You are truly worthy of ALL praise and honour. 

Written by Gab Martin

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