Ps 96:1-13. The substance of this Psalm, and
portions of the ninety-seventh, ninety-eighth, and hundredth, are found
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.
1-3. All nations are invited to unite in this
most joyful praise.
new song—literally, "fresh," or new
mercies (Ps 33:3; 40:3).
2. show forth—literally, "declare joyful
salvation—illustrates His glory in its
wonders of love and mercy.
4, 5. For He is not a local God, but of
universal agency, while idols are nothing.
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.
7-9. Give—or, "ascribe" (Ps 29:1) due honor to Him, by acts of appointed
and solemn worship in His house.
8. offering—of thanks.
9. beauty of holiness—(Ps 29:2).
fear … him—(Ps 2:11).
10. Let all know that the government of the
world is ordered in justice, and they shall enjoy firm and lasting
peace (compare Ps 72:3, 7; Isa 9:6, 7).
11-13. For which reason the universe is
invoked to unite in joy, and even inanimate nature (Ro 8:14-22) is poetically represented as
capable of joining in the anthem of praise.