Psalm 96:10 Say among the nations, "The LORD reigns." The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.
The theme of this psalm is “The Lord reigns”. As a result of this the psalmist calls the earth, the heavens and the nations to praise the Lord. This praise is expressed through singing and ascribing.
Why the emphasis on these two methods?
Singing is closely linked to language development and memory. We remember things easier when we can sing them. I can still remember jingles from commercials for products that are no longer prominent sellers. “You’ll wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsodent.” Remembering what the Lord has done for us is easier in song. Remembering scripture is easier when we sing it. Hence the importance of worship songs in church services.
Ascribing something is to attribute a quality to a cause. Ascribing righteousness to the Lord is powerful as He is the source of it. Ascribing requires verbalising and writing. If the psalmist hadn’t written his words down, we wouldn’t have this wonderful resource that blesses us with wisdom and encouragement.
Often we can lose what we value if we don’t record it. I have reminded people of the Lord’s healing in their life a year after it happened and they don’t remember it. What happened? They didn’t record it and the busyness of life stole it away.
The psalm also tells us that the earth praises Him. The book of Romans also tells us that we know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. (Romans 8:22) We are far more connected to the earth than we realize. The earth declares His goodness through sunrises to sunsets.
The occurrence of song, ascription and declarations by the earth are linked by “The Lord reigns”. The world is firmly established through Him. It cannot be moved. He will also judge the peoples with equity. No matter what we see around us He is in control. The psalmist says to keep a correct prospective on the big picture and praise Him.
Prayer: “Father, I praise you for your marvelous deeds and your glory amongst the nations. You have made the heavens. Strength, honor and majesty are yours. Thanks you that you love me and that you are firmly in control of my world. Amen.”