Psalms 96:9-10 - The Verses Project

Bible Psalms 96:9-10

Posted April 08, 2013

Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;
    tremble before him, all the earth!

10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!
    Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
    he will judge the peoples with equity.”

A seeing people will always be a worshiping and singing people. Verse 9 takes us back to verse 6 which says, “Splendor and majesty are before him.” Not only are splendor and majesty before him, but his perfections in turn call for a response! As we see God as He is, we must sing; we must worship. Some translations say in the “beauty of holiness”. God is beautifully set apart in essence and purity from all else, unique in His glory and majesty.

Our generation’s worship of God is often casual and seemingly unimpressed. We walk into our services hoping to be impressed by the band or the songs, but oblivious and blind to the beauty of God’s character; we sip on our coffee as we mumble out melodies. In his incredibly helpful and insightful book “The Knowledge of the Holy”, AW Tozer says, “The Church has surrendered her once lofty concept of God and has substituted for it one so low, so ignoble, as to be utterly unworthy of thinking, worshiping men. This she has done not deliberately, but little by little and without her knowledge; and her unawareness makes her situation all the more tragic.” Not the psalmist’s worship! The worship he describes is one that sees God rightly and in turn rightly responds with a deep sense of awe, reverence, and honor (trembling). Oh that we would see God as the psalmist did! May the Holy Spirit open our eyes to see how beautiful and set apart and pure and unique and high above God really is... Then we would worship; then we would tremble.

This worship doesn’t stop there! It must tell others what it has seen. A seeing people will not only be a worshiping people, but they will also be a telling people. They want the world to know the truths of God that they’ve seen! That He’s the uncontested King who reigns in splendor and majesty and strength and beauty and glory. That He’s a righteous judge who judges with equity and will bring the world to rights. An incredibly convicting quote from Charles Spurgeon says, “"Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that.” Oh that God would not only open our eyes to see, but that we would also open our mouths to share the Good News of Jesus. Those who see, worship; those who worship, tell others.


Song by Joel Limpic.
Musical production by Chris Clark.
Artwork by Blake Behrens.