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Psalm 96 Feb. 24  1Sing to Yahweh a new song! Sing to Yahweh, all the earth. 2Sing to Yahweh! Bless His name! Proclaim His salvation from day to day! 3Declare His glory among the nations, His marvellous works among all the peoples. 4For great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised! He is to be feared above all gods. 5For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but Yahweh made the heavens. 6Honour and majesty are before Him, strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. 7Ascribe to Yahweh, you families of nations, ascribe to Yahweh glory and strength. 8Ascribe to Yahweh the glory due to His name, bring an offering and come into His courts. 9Worship Yahweh in holy array, tremble before Him, all the earth. 10Say among the nations, Yahweh reigns! The world is also established, so that it can’t be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity. 11Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, let the sea roar, and its fullness! 12Let the field and all that is in it exult! Then all the trees of the woods shall sing for joy 13before Yahweh; for He comes, for He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, the peoples with His truth.   


96:6 Idols are characterized here as being ultimately unable to create anything. Whilst we may not be tempted to worship literal idols, we have many other potential idols in our lives which take us away from God- endless surfing the internet, involvement in social networking, following sport and celebrities, making money, absorbing hobbies. These are uncreative, ultimately; serving God is the only truly creative thing we can do with our lives.
96:10 Say among the nations- The Psalmist was intent on preaching to the Gentiles. See on 18:49.
96:13 Applied to Christ’s return in judgment in Acts 17:31.