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Daily Devotional: Psalm 96:1-13

Daily Devotional:  Psalm 96:1-13

by Phil Stout, Lead Pastor, JAXNAZ Church


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[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.

Consider: “Sing to the Lord a new song” (96:1). So begins this great psalm of praise. And this is not the only time the scripture speaks about “a new song.” You’ll find it repeatedly in the psalms, you’ll see it in the words God gave to Isaiah and you’ll hear it at the climax of time, for John proclaims that “they sang a new song” to the Lamb (Revelation 5:9, 14:3).

Have you been singing a new song?

We know that genuine thanksgiving is central to our lives as followers of Jesus Christ. With gratitude, we daily ask God to bless the food we eat. On Sunday mornings—the first day of every week—we gather to celebrate the Sunday morning that death was defeated with an open tomb. Every time we meet we sing songs of praise. We daily honor God as we pray the prayer that Jesus taught us to pray—“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”

But has it been a while since you sang a new song?

Let’s begin this work week by thanking God for the things we don’t typically remember, those things we take for granted. Of course, that will be different for every one of us. But it is good for all of us to remember that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17).

We need to take a little inventory. Let’s see if there are things that he has given us that we forgot were precious gifts from the hand of our loving Father.

Pray: “Lord, today I sing a new song to you. I compose new praises in my heart, for you have given me abundance. I’m humbled before your love and grace.”