Read | Psalm 96

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.

Declare his glory among the nations,

    his marvelous 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.

Splendor and majesty are before him;

    strength and glory are in his sanctuary.

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 splendor of his holiness;

    tremble before him, all the earth.

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.

Respond | Zechariah Knepper

To me this psalm is a reminder of who God is and what God does. It’s a creation psalm and one that tells of the great and majestic God who created all the earth. It tells of a Lord of wonders at whom the seas resound and heavens rejoice, fields be jubilant and the very trees of forest sing for joy. It is a praise psalm, one that sings of the glory and splendor that dwell with the Lord and reminds of the worship that is due to such a great and wonderful Lord. I feel the underlying sense of joy that runs through such a psalm. This is not a psalm that is asking for anything, it simply is, and expresses what the psalmist feels when pondering the Lord. Where, in these days of darkness and fear, can you find time to meditate on who God is and the glory and majesty of the Lord. It may seem rather contrary to the moment that we are living in, yet it is what we most need to continue. Remember the great and magisterial God we worship and Jesus the Son. It is through them that we have strength and even in lamentation and sadness, set a reminder to sit in God’s glory and what joy there is in the Lord.