Psalm 96 opens with these words:
“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.” (Psa. 96:1–3 NIV11)
The idea of global trade is in retreat at this moment of heightened tensions between the super powers. The idea of global travel is on pause. It seems like global cooperation and interconnection is at a low ebb.
Not so in this Psalm.
Here we see truly global praise lead by the creation itself. And the message to be shared? ”Tell of His salvation day by day.” This is wonderful news about the character of the Creator of all things – He is the strong and mighty saviour of Israel. He alone is the living God who reigns in glory above.
It appears that those listening to this new song have a job to do too – they must, “declare His glory among the nations.”
Christians like you and me are the recipients of that call. We know of God’s saving work in Jesus and we long to see those we know joined into the family of the faithful singers declaring God’s praises.
Perhaps we can start not with the nations (though God lead us there!) but where we are right now today. Maybe at a breakfast table. Maybe on a train on our way to work. Maybe in a lunch room. Maybe over a coffee whilst the kids play at your feet.
Who can you tell there? What could we share of what we’ve seen of God’s goodness? Maybe it’s as small and genuine as a phrase like, “Thank God it’s a long weekend!“
Let’s make a start – the whole earth is waiting.
“Dear Heavenly Father, it stirs my heart to think of the whole creation singing Your praises. We look forward to the day when we will see that in all its fullness in glory with You. In the mean time Father, please help me to be able to speak of Your glory in some small way today. Amen.”