Impartial Grace: Psalm 96

Sing to Yahweh a new song! Sing to Yahweh, all the earth. Sing to Yahweh! Bless his name! Proclaim his salvation from day to day! Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples. For great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised! He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but Yahweh made the heavens. Honor and majesty are before him. Strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to Yahweh, you families of nations, ascribe to Yahweh glory and strength. Ascribe to Yahweh the glory due to his name. Bring an offering, and come into his courts. Worship Yahweh in holy array. Tremble before him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “Yahweh reigns.”

The world is also established. It can’t be moved. He will judge the peoples with equity. Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice. Let the sea roar, and its fullness! Let the field and all that is in it exult! Then all the trees of the woods shall sing for joy before Yahweh; for he comes, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, the peoples with his truth.

(Psalm 96, emphasis added)

This is a Psalm of holy praise given by a contrite heart. The Psalmist preaches God is Almighty and there is no other god to whom any person can appeal. All the earth, the Psalmist declares, will worship and tremble. Mr. Sprenger suggests the phrase “all the trees of the forest” is figurative speech meaning “all the people.” Even if not it remains clear that even the earth rejoices.

Every nation will be equal in His sight. Every person will be judged with equity. He is not an unjust Father. He is love. This Psalm preaches the awesome power and love of God. It praises Him for His never ending mercy. It acknowledges God will judge all. In the end He will reconcile “all the trees of forest” to Himself. “He will judge the world with righteousness, the peoples with his truth.”

This wondrous promise should not be lost n the “traditions of men.” The Father is faithful and just. He is our Protector and our Source. He is our life. In His Son we have a King that will “judge the peoples with equity.” This is Impartial Grace.

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