Psalm 96 – Jesus Will Come Back Again
Psalm 96:1-13 NIV
Jesus will return again; and He will judge the world and His people. How should we respond to God? That’s the theme of this psalm.
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, praise His name; proclaim His salvation day after day.
Judgement Day brings chills to the bones of many, but to Christians, we rejoice because it means salvation. Our life is eventful and full of struggles. We wish life is full of fun and laughter but that isn’t what we have felt so far. Experiencing and proclaiming God’s salvation day after day outweighs the troubles we face everyday.
Declare His glory among the nations, His marvellous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendour and majesty are before Him; strength and glory are in His sanctuary.
Since we rejoice in our salvation, we should tell the world about God, His marvellous deeds and His greatness. Non-believers fear their own gods but our God is above all gods and worthy of our praise. Which god made the heavens? No other gods can claim that except our God. Our God’s splendour and majesty are beyond our imagination.
We have a special relationship with God; we praise but fear God at the same time. God does not rule by fear but with love. Yet we ought to fear God because God is God. It is ironic that others worship gods that they need not fear. Yet they fear that their gods will not bless them or may even harm them if they do not worship them. Our God is the Lord who made the heavens. He alone is worthy of praise and fear.
Therefore we do not keep the good news to ourselves but share it to everyone. Compare our God with their gods. Compare what our God has made to how these gods are made. Compare the splendour of God with these idols that are made by hands. With the right perspective of who our God really is, we should be able to declare to others how great our God is. Jesus’ most marvellous deed is his death and resurrection, the foundation of Christians’ belief.
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name; bring an offering and come into His courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendour of His holiness; tremble before Him, all the earth.
This psalm calls us to “ascribe” to the Lord and worship the Lord. To ‘ascribe’ is to ‘give or attribute’ (glory). How often do we give glory to God and worship our Lord? Is it only on Sundays?
The world teaches us to attribute glory to ourselves by boasting about the achievements we have gained through our efforts. One of the major failures of humanity is the boasting of our own works. When we boast, we fail to give the glory to God, who rightfully deserves all glory.
Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity.
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
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.
Does God reign in our lives? Jesus will come again, but will he find us faithfully proclaiming his salvation to others?
The message that God will judge His people with equity and righteousness is repeated again and again in Psalms 9, 58, 67, 75, 96, 98, 99. God’s equity is found in the blood of Jesus Christ.
Those who believe in Jesus will be saved. Those who are in Jesus are righteous because he has redeemed us from the penalty of our sins. In God’s faithfulness, He remembers the new covenant that those who believe in His son shall be saved. Let us all rejoice as even the heavens, the earth, the seas and all the creations of God will rejoice.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit. Andy joined the Central Christian Church in 1990.