The Beauty of Psalm 96

Let everything that has breath praise the LORD.” – Psalm 150:6 (NIV)

Last night I finished reading the book of Psalms. It took me just about a month to read through all 150 of them, and there were so many themes that I found throughout them. Taking refuge in God, asking for deliverance from enemies and the wicked, and even asking for God not to hide from us were some themes. Other Psalms discuss being patient while we wait for Him, and how God will rescue the needy and oppressed from their troubles.

There’s one Psalm though that jumped out at me, just for its description of God’s glory and majesty. My NIV study bible reminded me that this Psalm can be found in 1 Chronicles 16:23-33 in almost the same form as well. I’m not sure why it didn’t register with me when I read 1st Chronicles, but it did now…

1 Sing a new song to the Lord!
Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!
2 Sing to the Lord; praise his name.
Each day proclaim the good news that he saves.
3 Publish his glorious deeds among the nations.
Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.
4 Great is the Lord! He is most worthy of praise!
He is to be feared above all gods.
5 The gods of other nations are mere idols,
but the Lord made the heavens!
6 Honor and majesty surround him;
strength and beauty fill his sanctuary.
7 O nations of the world, recognize the Lord;
recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong.
8 Give to the Lord the glory he deserves!
Bring your offering and come into his courts.
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.
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 rustle with praise
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.

I like this New Living Translation version of the Psalm because you can hear the joy of the psalmist in it. In Psalm 150, the psalmist describes that “everything that has breath” should praise the Lord. But in Psalm 96, he states that ALL of God’s creation should rejoice in Him, even things like the sea, the fields and the trees. I love that about this Psalm. It also makes you want to go back and read the first chapter of Genesis all over again.

What are some of your favorite Psalms ? Why did they have the impact on you that they did ?

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One thought on “The Beauty of Psalm 96

  1. Most people will probably say Psalm 23 is their favorite Psalm, and I hate to go with the majority vote…but that’s mine too. The funny thing is, I never really studied it or appreciated it until I read it and memorized it in French class. To this day, I only have it memorized in French, and when I think about it, it comes out in that language. Random, but it makes it all the more special for me.

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