Thursday, 1st December 2022
Rev Daniel Xi An Poon
We must look at the background of Psalm 96, which is in I Chronicles, it talks about how King David brought the Ark of God and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. When King David brought the Ark of God, he danced and sang in front of the Ark, and was despised by his wife. David was not worried about how others saw him, and he was also not worried about how much issues he had in his life, because he knew his identity in the Kingdom of God, he knew he was the son of the Heavenly Father.
Can we worship God freely? Through worship and praise, we can receive freedom, healing, and peace. This is what Psalm 96 is about, a journey from an orphan’s perspective to the son’s perspective. We must live in the presence of God in the Promised Land. David learnt this lesson, he turned back to God with the identity of a son.
Section One V1-6 Proclaim the Good News of His Salvation
V2 ‘Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.’ Proclaim means to declare, to tell the people, to spread the word… day to day, we us proclaim, not to talk about teaching, but to spread the good news with our lives. We must sing a new song and use the new eyesight to see God’s creations. It’s difficult to interact with people we don’t like, but God wants us to see others from His perspective, see His Creations from His eyesight.
God lives in Heaven, and we live on this earth, but in the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus taught us to live on earth as it is in Heaven. We must be lift up by God, but this process involves discipline and teaching. Nobody likes to be disciplined, but we should not feel shameful about it. David’s wife looked down on David, but he did not care about what others think, he was willing to be lift by God and to receive God’s teaching.
V5-6 ‘For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. Honour and majesty are before Him; strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.’ How can we see the honour and majesty, the strength and beauty? King David was willing to let down of all his honour and kingship, he draw all the focus on God, and reveal the glory of God. When we expose our low point, reveal our weaknesses, testify before God, then we can live in the presence of God.
Section Two V7-10 Give to the Lord Glory and Strength
V8 ‘Give to the Lord the glory due His Name; bring an offering and come into His courts.’ What do we reveal before people? Do people see the glory and honour from us or from God? We must be willing to set apart and to worship, so through our lives and through our low points, people can see God. God is glorious and powerful, we are His children, so be His children. We don’t need to carry all the burdens by ourselves, but let God take over. Let all the glory and strength go to God, and we can be His children, enjoy living in His presence.
Section Three V11-13 Praise the Coming of God
V12-13 ‘Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it. Then all the trees of the woods will rejoice before the Lord. For He is coming, for He is coming to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with His truth.’ What is our attitude when we face the coming of Jesus? It the path of the wilderness, the Israelites did not wear out their shoes and their garments. God has already given us everything we need to enter the Promised Land and to enter His presence. Do not think that we have nothing, God’s presence is all we need, everything else in this world will pas away. Moses saw God face to face, and he had complete faith in God. When God told Moses that he could not enter the Promised Land, he did not fight with God, he did not argue with God, instead, he accepted God’s decision and His guidance.
We must live under the Tree of Life, and not to focus on the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. We will not be afraid, and we can live in the presence of God, day by day, live on earth as it is in Heaven. God calls us Jeshurun, He wants us to receive the identity as His children.
诗篇 96 – 活在神同在里