The Ministry to Seafarers (M2S)

Psalm 96 Journal Starter

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We hope these journal starters spark reflection on the Psalms.

If you want to, you can share some of your thoughts in the comments section below. We would love to hear how God is working in your heart.

You can listen to Psalm 96 here. You can find Psalm 96 in the New International Version here.

Journal Starter for Psalm 96

The psalmist wrote, "Sing to the LORD a new song."
After you listen to or read the psalm, respond by writing, singing, or praying your own words of praise to God. If you feel you cannot, perhaps write or pray about why this may be difficult for you.
We see in this psalm that God invites ALL peoples of the earth into relationship with Him—into His very presence! The psalmist tells the hearer/reader to declare God's glory and marvelous deeds among all peoples.
Do you believe you can be in God's presence? Why or why not?

What does this stir up in your heart? How do you feel about all peoples being invited to worship God?

How might God be inviting you to tell other people about his glory and marvelous deeds?
God invites peoples from all nations to worship Him, but He is not okay with other gods being worshiped. This psalm tells us that the LORD is to be feared above all gods and that the gods of the nations are only idols. In contrast, the LORD made the heavens and the whole world. 
What do you imagine when you think about other gods being idols?

What are some of the false gods of your nation (things/people/ideas people worship instead of God)? What false gods/idols are you tempted by?

How do these words influence the way you think about other belief systems?
The psalmist wrote in verses 11 to 13:
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
    he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples in his faithfulness.
What do you think about or "see" when you read these verses? How do they make you feel?

Why do you think "all creation" should "rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,/ he comes to judge the earth"?

What comforts, encourages, or challenges you about this passage?

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