Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

Pastor's Friday Email





The 96th psalm is a prophecy of the kingdom of Christ in the world, in which should nothing but joy and praise. The text is, truly, itself clear enough. In it, all the nations lands, people, forests, seas, trees are called to worship. They should praise and thank the Lord because He judges and rules with righteousness and truth. That is, He delivers us from sins and all that sin brings with it, such as death, hell, the power of the devil, and all that is evil. This is the new song of the new kingdom from new creatures, from a new people, not born of the Law or works but born of God and Spirit. These are nothing less than miracles, done in Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Oh sing to the¬†Lord¬†a new song; sing to the¬†Lord, all the earth! 2¬†Sing to the¬†Lord, bless his name;¬†tell of his salvation from day to day. 3¬†Declare his glory among the nations,¬†his marvelous works among all the peoples! 4¬†For¬†great is the¬†Lord, and¬†greatly to be praised;¬†he is to be feared above¬†all gods. 5¬†For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,¬†but the¬†Lord¬†made the heavens. 6¬†Splendor and majesty are before him;¬†strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. 7¬†Ascribe to the¬†Lord, O¬†families of the peoples,¬†ascribe to the¬†Lord¬†glory and strength! 8¬†Ascribe to the¬†Lord¬†the glory due his name;¬†bring¬†an offering, and¬†come into his courts! 9¬†Worship the¬†Lord¬†in¬†the splendor of holiness;¬†tremble before him, all the earth! 10¬†Say among the nations,¬†‚ÄúThe¬†Lord¬†reigns!¬†Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;¬†he will¬†judge the peoples with equity.‚ÄĚ 11¬†Let¬†the heavens be glad, and let¬†the earth rejoice;¬†let¬†the sea roar, and all that fills it;¬† 12let¬†the field exult, and everything in it! Then shall all¬†the trees of the forest sing for joy 13¬†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.

Thanks to You, O Father of light, for sending Your Son, Jesus Christ, to establish a kingdom of grace and forgiveness among men on  earth. By Your Spirit make us new creatures in heart, mind, soul, and sentiment, and teach us to sing the new song of this new kingdom with rejoicing and gladness, through Jesus Christ. Amen.