Short Meditations on the Psalms: Psalm 96

Psalm 96  •  1 min. read  •  grade level: 10
They continue their joy here, which shows that the Lord had not by His exhortation (Psa. 95:7-117For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, 8Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work. 10Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said, It is a people that do err in their heart, and they have not known my ways: 11Unto whom I sware in my wrath that they should not enter into my rest. (Psalm 95:7‑11)) designed to check it; and here they summon the whole earth to join it. A “new song” is called for. And the Jews themselves interpret “the new songs” of Scripture to belong to the days of Messiah; that is to “the world to come,” as the Apostle speaks—the power of the Son of Man. And besides, as there was a song at creation (Job 38:77When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:7)), so another and a richer song, “a new song,” will usher in the kingdom or the times of refreshing and restitution, when the earth itself shall be in the liberty of glory (Rom. 8:2121Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. (Romans 8:21)).
This Psalm is recited in 1 Chronicles 16, and forms part of that beautiful composition, that sweet compound of songs and joys, which David and Israel prepared for the ark taking its rest, which was the type of the kingdom by anticipation celebrated here.
All shall be included in the closing joy. As in Revelation 5 the redeemed, the angelic companies, and all creatures in heaven, on earth, under the earth, and in the seas, join in it, so here, all are summoned to the millennial song, that there may be a full chorus of praise.