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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882] at

Psalms Chapter 96

Psalms 96:1

psa 96:1

The substance of this Psalm, and portions of the ninety-seventh, ninety-eighth, and hundredth, are found in 1Ch. 16:7-36, which was used by David's directions in the dedication of the tabernacle on Mount Zion. The dispensation of the Messiah was typified by that event, involving, as it did, a more permanent seat of worship, and the introduction of additional and more spiritual services. Hence the language of these Psalms may be regarded as having a higher import than that pertinent to the occasion on which it was thus publicly used. (Psa 96:1-13)

All nations are invited to unite in this most joyful praise.

new song--literally, "fresh," or new mercies (Psa 33:3; Psa 40:3).

Psalms 96:2

psa 96:2

show forth--literally, "declare joyful tidings."

salvation--illustrates His glory in its wonders of love and mercy.

Psalms 96:4

psa 96:4

For He is not a local God, but of universal agency, while idols are nothing.

Psalms 96:6

psa 96:6

Honour and majesty--are His attendants, declared in His mighty works, while power and grace are specially seen in His spiritual relations to His people.

Psalms 96:7

psa 96:7

Give--or, "ascribe" (Psa 29:1) due honor to Him, by acts of appointed and solemn worship in His house.

Psalms 96:8

psa 96:8

offering--of thanks.

Psalms 96:9

psa 96:9

beauty of holiness-- (Psa 29:2).

fear . . . him-- (Psa 2:11).

Psalms 96:10

psa 96:10

Let all know that the government of the world is ordered in justice, and they shall enjoy firm and lasting peace (compare Psa 72:3, Psa 72:7; Isa 9:6-7).

Psalms 96:11

psa 96:11

For which reason the universe is invoked to unite in joy, and even inanimate nature (Rom 8:14-22) is poetically represented as capable of joining in the anthem of praise.

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