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Bible Commentaries

Smith's Writings

Psalms 96

Verses 1-13

PSALM 96

The Gentiles called to turn to Jehovah in view of the coming of Christ to reign.

The previous psalm was addressed to the nation of Israel, hence the recurrence of the words “Let us” - “Let us sing”; “Let us make a joyful noise”; “Let us come”; “Let us worship,” and “Let us kneel.” This psalm is addressed to the Gentiles, thus the appeal is to “All the earth,” “the heathen,” and “all the people.”

(vv. 1-3) The nations are called to take up “a new song,” and sing unto the Lord because of the greatness of “his name,” “his salvation,” “his glory,” and “his wonders.” There has been a creation song, when the earth came fresh from the hands of God and “the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy” ( Job_38:7 ). Alas! sin marred that fair creation, and singing gave place to weeping, and songs to groans. In the millennial day, earth will be made new; creation's groan will be hushed, and heaven and earth will unite in a new song.

(vv. 4-6) The ground of this appeal to all the earth, is the manifested greatness of the Lord - the One who is “above all gods.” The gods of the nations are but vanity; Jehovah made the heavens. With Him is honour and majesty. Beauty and strength are found in His sanctuary in the midst of Israel.

(vv. 7-9) The peoples and nations are invited to own Jehovah in His sanctuary, and worship Him in holy splendour.

(v. 10) The ground of the appeal is that Jehovah reigns, and the world is established. No longer moved by wars and rumors of wars, it will come into rest. Jehovah will exercise judgment over all the peoples in righteousness. Judgment and righteousness will at last be brought together ( Psa_94:15 ).

(vv. 11-13) World-wide blessing will result in the heavens uniting with the earth in joy and gladness. The sea and its fullness, the field and all that is therein will exult and be glad.

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Smith, Hamilton. "Commentary on Psalms 96". "Smith's Writings". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/hsw/psalms-96.html. 1832.