Psalm 96:1-4a

“Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.

Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day.

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.

For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise…”


I have never claimed to be much of a guitarist or singer, but I can tell you this; I love to play and sing praises to God.  A few times people have walked into the church on a weekday morning and caught me doing just that.  It is kind of embarrassing, but I guess I don’t really care because I go ahead and do it anyway. 


It does make me feel good to know that I am in agreement with David about that.  And that is why I like this Psalm so much.  He says that, not only is it right for him to sing praises, but that all the nations and all the peoples should join the chorus.  And if you continue through the Psalm he even includes the sky and the seas and the fields and the forest. . . the whole earth should praise the Lord.


And they sing a “new song.”  Why a new song?  Because not everything has been said that should be said in praise of our God.  He is still active and powerful and loving and saving.  He brings new blessings every day and we, in turn, can respond with a new song of praise.   And when we sing – either in the sanctuary when we gather together for worship or all by ourselves – we do it for His glory, to acknowledge His wonderful works. 


So sing!  Sing with all your heart!  Forget about those other people and sing to God.  “For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise!”


--- Pastor Keith Andrews