Psalm 96 —

O sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.   Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day.  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples.  For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be revered above all gods.  For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the LORD made the heavens.

Honor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.  Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.  Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come into his courts.  Worship the LORD in holy splendor; tremble before him, all the earth.

Say among the nations, “The LORD is king! The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity.”  Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it. Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy before the LORD; for he is coming, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth.


from Jayne Chafin, First Christian Church, Ravenswood

Why didn’t I notice this before?  I mean, I know I have read this Psalm before.  I delight in its proclamation of God’s glory.  And if you know me at all, you know that singing a new song is something I love to do.  Praise and celebration, ascribing to God Glory and strength, bringing an offering, entering into God’s court!  That’s powerful stuff.  I guess in previous readings, I must have stopped too soon.  Maybe my readings haven’t been in this holy season before.  But there it is, hitting me right between the eyes:  “for he is coming!”  All of this joy, all of this excitement, for he is coming.  The whole earth is singing God’s praises, for he is coming.   I think I need to read this Psalm again and again, especially when the hustle and the bustle and the weight of the everyday routine start to drag me down and make me a little cynical.  For he is coming, how can I not share in the celebration!

Prepare me, O God, to receive you with joy anew

as you come to our world again!