Psalm 96: Worship in the Splendor of Holiness
The thought moves from a call to worship God as Savior (vv. 1–5) to a call to worship God as King (vv. 7–13).
Proclamation of Praise (vs 1-3)
John Wesley on Church Singing
Sing to the Lord
God’s Majesty (vs 4-6)
He is Worthy of Praise
He is Higher than other Gods
Proclamation of Praise (vs 7-9)
The People’s need to ascribe to his Glory
The People’s need to ascribe to his Name
The People’s need to ascribe to his Holiness
Yahweh expects reverence, submission, holiness, and awe of his divine majesty and presence
God’s Rule (vs 10-13)
Once again, in verse 10 worship turns to witness. The “kindreds of the peoples” (v. 7) now proclaim “among the nations, “The LORD reigns’ ” or “Yahweh reigns” (see Ps. 93:1). This confession challenges all other gods, all other rulers and authorities. There is only one King. The line is drawn. The decision must be made: submission or destruction.
Though the focus of the psalm lies on the present, the theological and canonical function stretches to the eschatological hope, when God’s rule is fully established.