Psalm 96

In Psalm 96 all are called to praise the Lord for his salvation, glory, work of creation, and coming judgment.

Such praise is to be uttered by everyone: “all the earth” (vv. 1, 9, 13), “all the peoples” (vv. 3, 7), “the nations” (v. 10), and the “world” (v. 13). Such praise is to occur at all times: “from day to day,” (v. 2). Such praise is to be rendered “in the beauty of holiness” (v. 9) according to the manner he has prescribed (v. 8).

Currently all creation groans under the curse of man’s sin (Gen 3:17-19; Rom 8:19-22). Yet the time will come when creation will no longer groan but be glad and rejoice in the Lord (Psalm 69:11-12). That reversal of response will occur when the Lord comes to righteously rule in truth (v. 13) and reverse the curse (Isa 55:12-13).

If people truly desire climate stability and peace they must worship the Creator, not creation (Isa 55:1-7; Rom 1:25). The “problem” of climate catastrophes does lie with human beings, but not because of what they do to the earth but what they have done on the earth (Gen 3:17-19; Isa 24:4-6).

Dear friend, praise the Lord today for his salvation, glory, work of creation, and coming judgment!