Subject: Redeemer Downtown Devotional: Second Sunday after Pentecost: June 10, 2012

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Second Sunday after Pentecost: June 10, 2012

These devotionals are to help you prepare for each Sunday to come in the Christian Calendar.* 


 

Oh sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth!
Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
and the peoples in his faithfulness.
Psalm 96:1-13 (ESV)
          Psalm 96 is an invitation for us to sing aloud in worship and to shout aloud in witness. “Sing to the Lord a new song...tell of his salvation from day to day.” In fact, it is a reminder that in many ways, the two are the same. Our worship is a retelling of His “marvelous works among all the peoples” and our witness is nothing if not a celebration of His glory “for great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.”
 
          The psalm itself is used by David to celebrate the entrance of the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 16) and with good reason. It eagerly anticipates the coming of a triumphant king and is an irrepressible song of expectation for his enthronement. Even in its first words we see an escalation from singing, to a new song, to a song that goes to all the earth. “Oh sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth.” It longs for a time when he makes his home among his people, “strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.”

          Climbing ever higher, the psalm invites us to ascribe greatness to God, to bring our gifts, and for all to tremble before Him, “Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength...tremble before him, all the earth.” At its peak, the psalm reminds us that when the reign of this heavenly King is announced, the heavens will be glad, the earth will rejoice, and even inanimate reality (the fields, the trees of the forest) will come to life before Him. When this king is enthroned, the world will experience a newness and fullness of life that will cause us to forget death itself. Our King brings new life even to inanimate reality; imagine the life that He can bring to us! “Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice...for he comes to judge the earth.”

 
John C. Lin, Downtown Lead Pastor

O God, from whom all good doth come: Grant that by thy inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect** from The Book of Common Prayer

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