The glory due to Him who Cometh to judge the earth

It is thought that this psalm was written by David, at the great occasion of the bringing up of the Ark to Zion. It was great because David understood that the Ark was typical of Christ, the Messiah to come. There is, beyond the immediate fulfilment, an anticipation of Christ coming to His church, which Zion represents.

Throughout the psalm there is a praising ascription of the glory of Christ and His greatness. We are encouraged to follow suit by David, urging, “Give unto the Lord the glory due.” And His promises shall not fail, for Christ shall come and judge the world with the balances of righteousness and truth. It is interesting to note that an old rendering of v. 10, reads, “The Lord reigneth from the tree,” which beautifully expresses that Calvary’s cross is really a Throne.

Psalm 96

   1  O sing a new song to the Lord:
         sing all the earth to God.
   2  To God sing, bless his name, show still
         his saving health abroad.

   3  Among the heathen nations
         his glory do declare;
      And unto all the people show
         his works that wondrous are.

   4  For great's the Lord, and greatly he
         is to be magnified;
      Yea, worthy to be feared is he
         above all gods beside.

   5  For all the gods are idols dumb,
         which blinded nations fear;
      But our God is the Lord, by whom
         the heav'ns created were.

   6  Great honor is before his face,
         and majesty divine;
      Strength is within his holy place,
         and there doth beauty shine.

   7  Do ye ascribe unto the Lord,
         of people ev'ry tribe,
      Glory do ye unto the Lord,
         and mighty pow'r ascribe.

   8  Give ye the glory to the Lord
         that to his name is due;
      Come ye into his courts, and bring
         an offering with you.

   9  In beauty of his holiness,
         O do the Lord adore;
      Likewise let all the earth throughout
         tremble his face before.

  10  Among the heathen say, God reigns;
         the world shall steadfastly
      Be fixed from moving; he shall judge
         the people righteously.

  11  Let heav'ns be glad before the Lord,
         and let the earth rejoice;
      Let seas, and all that is therein,
         cry out, and make a noise.

  12  Let fields rejoice, and ev'ry thing
         that springeth of the earth:
      Then woods and ev'ry tree shall sing
         with gladness and with mirth

  13  Before the Lord; because he comes,
         to judge the earth comes he:
      He'll judge the world with righteousness,
         the people faithfully.

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