Psalm 96: Sing to the Lord a New Song

(13 verses, 1:37 to read)


What I am about to  READ

  • A confession of the Lord’s redemption and thanksgiving for His judgments.


  • The Lord redeemed His people through Moses and His people sang a song, Exodus 15 “Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the  Lord, saying,‘I will sing to the Lord , for he has triumphed gloriously;The Lord  is my strength and my song,this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.’”
  • Redemption after this point in history would cause the Lord’s people to sing a new song (in comparison with the old song of Moses).  1 Chronicles 16:23-33 locates this Psalm after the Philistines are defeated and ark is brought back to Jerusalem.  The same Lord who redeemed the people of Israel through Moses redeemed his people through David.  They can sing a new song.
  • Revelation 5 helps us confess what our new song is:And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God….”


  • This gives us a wonderful understanding of the great joy the Psalmist has in the Lord’s judgments.  Because Christ was judged for our sin and raised to declare us righteous, the Lord’s judgments in Christ bring us salvation (vs. 2), are declared to us in His presence in the courts of church where He is present (vs. 8), declare us holy (vs. 9) and righteous (vs. 13), are the most true thing in all the earth because all idols are worthless (vs. 5), are the source of our strength and confession of His beauty (vs. 7), are the reason we confess Christ to all nations (vs. 3 & 10),  and proclaim that we are in Christ and thus a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)
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Christopher Stout, Pastor of Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, Kannapolis, NC & Abundant Life Lutheran Church, Charlotte, NC

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