Declare His glory among the heathen

Psalm 96

The spread of the gospel among men of all nations had been the theme of sacred song in the days of the psalmist. We shall read two of the psalms which refer thereto.

Psalm 96:1

Not Israel only, as in the olden times, but all mankind.

Psalm 96:2, 3

This was the business of Pentecost, and is the duty of all the saints at all times.

Psalm 96:5

idols or nothings

Psalm 96:8

Prayers and praises are to be presented by all mankind; the sacrifice of Jesus has ended all other offerings.

Psalm 96:11-13

The reign of Jesus ends oppression, war, and crime, hence it is the cause of joy to all mankind.

Psalm 97

Psalm 97:2

Our Lord’s birth was obscure, and his doctrine was to the world’s judgment mysterious as though wrapt in cloud; yet is it perfect holiness.

Psalm 97:3

The fire of his Spirit destroyed idols and false philosophies.

Psalm 97:4

The truth lit up the nations, and amazed all people.

Psalm 97:5

All difficulties vanished, all enemies were subdued, the gospel triumphed over all.

Psalm 97:6

Under the whole heaven the gospel was published: it was as well known as if written across the skies.

Psalm 97:11

Glad times are in store for us, the seed which shall produce them is already sown and will soon yield its harvest.

Psalm 97:12

Joy is the privilege and the duty of a Christian, and he cannot have too much of it if it be of the right kind. Never let us give way to repining, rather let our holy cheerfulness cause others to inquire, “Whence comes their happiness?”


All that remains for me

Is but to love and sing,

And wait until the angels come

To bear me to the King.


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