Active Worship – Ps 96

This Psalm talks about the greatness of the Lord and the response that all people and all of creation should have to the Lord’s greatness. It shows that worship is an active thing. It should involve singing (v.1), showing (v.2), declaring (v.3), giving (v.7-8), offering (v.8), fearing (v.9), saying (v.10), and rejoicing (v.11-13).

The greatness, honour, strength, beauty, glory and all the other attributes of God should cause a response in us. We should respond in the ways mentioned above. Just as we should not be unmoved at the death of a loved one or the beauty of creation, all that we see and learn about God should move us in the deepest of ways.

I wonder when the last time, we really gave ourselves over to praising the Lord, rejoicing in the Lord, telling others about the Lord, and offering to the Lord? These are all natural responses to a right understanding of the glory and greatness of God.

Psalm 96:1–4 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.

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