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PSALM 96 - DAVID’S EPIPHANY

Bob Sayre

Have you ever had an epiphany? A while back, I realized I love coffee. That was a great day. This beautiful realization continues to impact my life. Like many people, it's tough for me to go a day without a cup of God's special brew. People have epiphanies all the time. One day, a man named King David had an epiphany! For David it was probably just an average day. He was thinking about his kingdom, his problems, his schedule, his subjects, etc. But God had something else in mind.

Psalm 96 is the recording of David's epiphany (hint: it's not about coffee). This chapter is often referred to as the Missionary Psalm. In Verse 1 David proclaims, “Sing a new song to the Lord! Let the whole earth sing to the Lord!” Why does he call it a new song? Because God has opened it up to the whole world. It’s not just about Israel anymore.

Missions exists because worship doesn’t.
— John Piper

Verse 3 says, “Publish his glorious deeds among the nations. Tell everyone about the amazing things he does.” David calls the people to proclaim God among the nations. This should be the response to our worship. If we’ve truly experienced God, our desire will be to tell others about Him.

In Verses 4-5, David talks about dead, cold idols. They can’t hear, speak or feel. They're made of things like clay, wood and iron. David talks about how our God is so much greater than the gods of this world. We don't have to serve idols anymore!

David’s cry is that the nations would recognize God and be able to know Him. This wasn’t even possible during David’s time! It isn't until much later that the Gospel becomes available to the Gentiles. But David gets this unique glimpse of where God is going. God always had the world in mind. 

Psalm 96:10 says, “Tell all the nations, 'The Lord reigns! The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. He will judge all peoples fairly.'"

Toward the end of the Psalm, David seems to burst into spontaneous praise for the greatness and bigness of God. The Good News must be published among all people! Who will tell the Samaritans? Who will take it to the unnamed village on the other side of the world?

This great revelation must hit us, like it did David. We know that God loves the world, but do we love the world? Who will lead them from their dead idols to Jesus? Who will point them to the true object of worship? We must go forward into all the world and proclaim the Good News to every nation, tribe and tongue.

Enjoy the rest of your coffee