Friday, May 11, 2012

Psalm 96

“1 O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. 2 Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day. 3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people. 4 For the LORD [is] great, and greatly to be praised: 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 Honour and majesty [are] before him: strength and beauty [are] in his sanctuary. 7 Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. 8 Give unto the LORD the glory [due unto] his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. 9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.”

“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. 11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof. 12 Let the field be joyful, and all that [is] therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice 13 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.”

"O sing unto the LORD a new song"
I'm so thankful that I can sing that "new song", that I am not the old person that I used to be.  Through virtue of faith in what Jesus Christ came to do and through Him, I have been made a new creature.  Old things have passed away.  All things have become new.  I don't walk the way I used to walk.  I don't talk the way I used to talk.

"shew forth his salvation from day to day"   And I am also thankful that this is not something which is come-and-go, here-today-gone-tomorrow.  It's a strength, a power, and a wisdom that guides us through life from day to day.

"the LORD made the heavens"
My God is the Creator.  He is all powerful.  Omniscient.   Always there.  He is so "gifted" that he can "take in" every detail of His creation in every way all the time, even down to knowing exactly how many hairs are left on our heads.

"strength and beauty [are] in his sanctuary"
His sanctuary is holy and righteous.   His strength is righteousness.  That is His sceptre.  Righteousness is what He uses to defeat evil.

"Bring an offering and come into his courts"
Don't allow yourself to come to the place that you no longer offer the sacrifice of praise to God in the courts where His people are gathered.

His strength is righteousness.  And ultimately, righteousness will be that by which ALL people are judged.  They will rise and fall depending on whether they have allowed Him to produce righteousness in them.