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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Psalm 96 (Good News Translation)

God’s Word: Sending Us Forth With a Thankful Heart

Introduction

Psalm 96: This psalm is a song that celebrates God as the supreme king over all the earth who rules with justice and fairness.

Today's Scripture: Psalm 96:7

Praise the LORD, all people on earth; praise his glory and might.

Today's Reading

1 Sing a new song to the LORD! Sing to the LORD, all the world! 2 Sing to the LORD, and praise him! Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us. 3 Proclaim his glory to the nations, his mighty deeds to all peoples. 4 The LORD is great and is to be highly praised; he is to be honored more than all the gods. 5 The gods of all other nations are only idols, but the LORD created the heavens. 6 Glory and majesty surround him; power and beauty fill his Temple. 7 Praise the LORD, all people on earth; praise his glory and might. 8 Praise the LORD's glorious name; bring an offering and come into his Temple. 9 Bow down before the Holy One when he appears; tremble before him, all the earth! 10 Say to all the nations, “The LORD is king! The earth is set firmly in place and cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with justice.” 11 Be glad, earth and sky! Roar, sea, and every creature in you; 12 be glad, fields, and everything in you! The trees in the woods will shout for joy 13 when the LORD comes to rule the earth. He will rule the peoples of the world with justice and fairness.

Reflect

How does the psalm writer describe the LORD? Identify all the verses that speak of joy and praise. The psalm writer encourages the singing of a “new song to the LORD” (verse 1). What “new song” will you sing to God today?

Pray

Sovereign God, with joy I sing praises to you and proclaim the good news of your salvation. Glorious and mighty are you! I sing anew to you each day and declare your everlasting love. Amen.

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Psalm 97: A psalm that celebrates God as king of the universe.

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