Yesterday I wrote about the reasons we should worship God. Today let’s look at Psalm 96.
“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. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering and come into his courts. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness; tremble before him, all the earth. say among the nations, “The LORD reigns”. The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant , and everything in them. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples in his truth.”
David, the psalmist, tells us to praise God when we worship. We are to think about what God has done for us and give Him glory. Worship should be a time of thinking about God, and how merciful He has been us. He has not given us the judgment we deserve but has shown us mercy and grace through Jesus. “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 What about thinking about God’s sovereignty? Do you think about God’s holy character and His power and might when you worship? Acknowledging God’s position as LORD over all in His creation and His right to judge our sinfulness is important. We need to approach God with humility and trust in His character. Jesus told a parable of a Pharisee and a tax collector who went to the temple to pray. The Pharisee boasted of his own goodness while the tax collector asked for God’s mercy for his sinfulness. Jesus said, “I tell you that this man, rather than the other , went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” Luke 18:14 Do you worship God with humility in your heart or do you make excuses and try to tell God how good you’ve been? David ends this Psalm of worship by reminding himself of God’s character that will be seen in His righteous judgments and truth. When you worship God, ask Him to reveal His character to you and then praise Him. God is trustworthy and does not lie. He will keep all His promises.
Joyfully praising God for His great mercy towards me,