Psalm 96: The Lord Reigns

What kind of “new song” would be most pleasing to the Lord?

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Psalm 96:1–2 Sing a new song to the Lord. Let everyone on Earth sing his praises. For all he is and all he has done, sing to the Lord, recognizing his deliverance every day of the year.
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Psalm 96:1–2 O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth. Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

What wonderful things does God do for people today? Why don’t we hear more of those stories?

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Psalm 96:3 Declare his greatness among the people. Tell everyone on Earth what wonderful things he has done.
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Psalm 96:3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.

How can we best describe God’s greatness?

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Psalm 96:4–5 The Lord is great, more than worthy of our highest praise. He should be respected, appreciated, and admired above all other authorities, for all governors, presidents, and kings are worthless suppliers of good, for the Lord made the sky and reigns from above.
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Psalm 96:4–5 For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

What can we do to experience God’s presence?

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Psalm 96:6 Honor and praise him. You will find strength and splendor in his presence.
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Psalm 96:6 Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Why might it take a special effort to recognize God’s glory and power?

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Psalm 96:7 Let every family on Earth praise the Lord, recognizing his glory and power.
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Psalm 96:7 Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength.

How does a name declare greatness?

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Psalm 96:8 Enter his presence with an offering, honoring him for the greatness that his name declares.
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Psalm 96:8 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.

What are the most important aspects of God’s “unique splendor”?

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Psalm 96:9 Worship him in the beauty of his unique splendor. Let all the earth dance before him.
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Psalm 96:9 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.

Why is it important to declare God’s greatnes?

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Psalm 96:10 Declare among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” He will judge people with righteousness and will establish a world that cannot be shaken.
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Psalm 96:10 Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.

If God created everything, how could everything not shout his praise?

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Psalm 96:11–13 From the sky above to the earth below, let God’s creation rejoice in him. Let the sea roar and everything in it shout his praise. Let the fields and the forests and all its creatures sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge people on Earth with righteousness and truth all.
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Psalm 96:11–13 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice Before the Lord: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.