The Bible – Old Testament
1 Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless his name; announce his salvation day after day.
Tell God’s glory among the nations; among all peoples, God’s marvelous deeds.
2 For great is the LORD and highly to be praised, to be feared above all gods.
For the gods of the nations all do nothing, but the LORD made the heavens.
Splendor and power go before him; power and grandeur are in his holy place.
Give to the LORD, you families of nations, give to the LORD glory and might;
give to the LORD the glory due his name! Bring gifts and enter his courts;
bow down to the LORD, splendid in holiness. Tremble before God, all the earth;
say among the nations: The LORD is king. The world will surely stand fast, never to be moved. God rules the peoples with fairness.
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what fills it resound;
let the plains be joyful and all that is in them. Then let all the trees of the forest rejoice
before the LORD who comes, who comes to govern the earth, To govern the world with justice and the peoples with faithfulness.
1 [Psalm 96] A hymn inviting all humanity to praise the glories of Israel’s God (⇒ Psalm 96:1-3), who is the sole God (⇒ Psalm 96:4-6). To the just ruler of all belongs worship (⇒ Psalm 96:7-10); even inanimate creation is to offer praise (⇒ Psalm 96:11-13). This psalm has numerous verbal and thematic contacts with Isaiah 40-55, as does Psalm 98. Another version of the psalm is ⇒ 1 Chron 16:23-33.
2  For references to other gods, see comments on Psalm 58 and 82.