O Sing to God a New Song

This meditation is based on a passage for May 27, 2011 in the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Psalm 96

Reflection and Question: The psalmist here charges us to sing to God a new song even as he or she combines wording from several other psalms (29:1-3, 93:1-2, 98:7-9) in this exaltation of God envisioned as the king. The poet is clear that God is also the judge, emphasizing that God is coming to judge the whole earth and all the nations. God will do this with equity, righteousness and truth. The psalmist exclaims that this will cause great joy. Both heaven and earth will be glad, worshiping God in holy splendor. Is joyful gladness your response to the conviction that God will judge us with truth?


Earth and all stars, Loud rushing planets sing to the Lord a new song!
Hail, wind, and rain Loud blowing snow storm sing to the Lord a new song!
God has done marvelous things, We will sing praises with a new song!
(Earth and All Stars, The Presbyterian Hymnal, 458)