“All Creation is to Praise God!” Sunday School – Psalm 96

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“All Creation is to Praise God!”

Psalm 96

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Introduction:

Bow down before Him, all you kings and royals of the world.  Look to Him and applaud, O you heads of states and countries.  Acknowledge His majesty all leaders and the low.  For if the fields and trees sway to give Him glory; and, if the beast that trudges the land and the birds that fly on the air of nothingness know how to walk and rise to celebrate His power – how much more do you, O man, know that God alone is worthy to be praised?

Therefore, we sing unto the LORD with all creation and give His name the glory!

Psalm 96:1-3 “O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.  Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.  Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.”

In just the first two verses of this lesson the word “sing” appears three times.  It comes as a command to produce a “new song” (discussed in last week’s lesson, that God’s glory never rests in a stale representation of who He is); it comes as a command for “all the earth” to participate in; and it comes as an expression of love to “bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.”

Singing, songs, music, and praise are all over God’s Word.  One psalmist encourages us to, “Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.  Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing,” (100:1-2).  In other words, the command to “sing” and praise is not a foreign concept to God.  Quite the contrary.  It’s what He expects when one comes before Him, entering into His presence.  It honors Him when a heart that is filled up with worship opens up and expresses itself in praise.

Other areas of reference that show the importance of song/singing/praise in the Bible culture can be found in any number of verses.  For instance, when the Assyrians were prophesied to be destroyed, Isaiah 30:29 emphatically declares, “Ye shall have a song!”  When Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises, the earth quaked and prison doors were opened (Acts 16:25-26).  After the Last Supper “they had sung a hymn,” (Mark 14:26).  And James said, “Is there any merry? let him sing psalms,” (James 5:13).

“Sing unto the LORD.”  Here, I want to focus on the word “unto.”  “Unto” gives us direction to where our praises should go: “the LORD.”  Let me show you why this is important.

There are many types of Psalms written in the Bible.  Some speak of confession and some of wisdom.  Some tell history and some cry out against injustice.  Some prophesy of the future Messiah and some, like today’s Psalm is considered a Royal Psalm.  It is titled that way because it declares the Kingship of God.  It is “unto” Him; it is “unto” the King of all kings, “the LORD” which we are commanded to “sing” and praise.

“All the earth.”  There is no person, no country, no peoples, or area of creation that is exempt from declaring His praise.  The Apostle Paul reminds us of our position before the Lord, that one day, ready or not, “every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God,” (Romans 14:11; see also Isaiah 45:23 and Philippians 2:10).  “All the earth” will assume a praise position before Him and confess and tell of His awesomeness.  Remember, Jesus said if we don’t praise Him, the rocks will cry out (Luke 19:40).  God is worthy of worship from “all!”

Turning to 1 Chronicles 16:23 we see the same command for “all the earth” to “sing unto the LORD.”  Within that same chapter we see an awesome portrait of different portions of creation praising and glorifying God:

“Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let man say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.

Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.

Then shall the trees of wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.” (1 Chronicles 16:31-33; similarly seen in verses 11-12 of today’s lesson).

Praise and honor is something He expects and looks forward to from “all” of us.  When we render such to Him, it’s like a love letter from us to God.

What an awesome perspective!

Therefore, “bless his name.”  From our lips the praises should flow; worship and honor should be given to His “name.”  “I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high,” (Psalm 7:17).  Show God that you love Him!  Too many approach their days with a lackadaisical attitude to God (or they ignore Him altogether), but His name is to be blessed because of who He is; He is the final authority and Creator of all.  Our lives should drip with praise because of His awesome acts and deeds in righteousness.

“Shew forth his salvation from day to day.”  Much as we discussed in last week’s lesson, we should be absolutely ecstatic about what God has done in our lives.  We should be overjoyed that we have been captured by His grace and receivers of “his salvation.”  It should easily wring a celebration of praise from our hearts that “day by day” we would continually, without ceasing, lift Him up and exalt His holy name!

Every day God is good!  Every day He deserves the glory!  Every day His wonders unfold before us!  And, every day we ought to praise (see Psalms 35:28; 75:15).

One of my favorite verses is from Psalm 66:16 which says, “Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.”  In other words, tell it’ “shew forth his salvation!”  He is our Redeemer!  He is our Deliverer!  His works in our lives are marvelous.  His “salvation” is immeasurable to our undeserving state.  How can I not declare and “shew forth” the glorious things He has done in lifting my soul out of the muck and mire of sin and degradation?  He is good and He has always been good.  Let His praises ring!

“Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.”  Praises are awesome, and yes, God expects it.  But, how much more effective would our telling of His marvelous acts be when this extraordinary Good News reaches the unsaved; when we take the message of salvation outside the church walls?  “Heathen” is referring to the pagan nations; to those who were not of Israeli descent, much like we see the word Gentile being used in the New Testament.  So, they were people who were not identified as God’s people.

Yet, they are people whose lives can be changed when they hear us “declare his glory.”  In a previous lesson I wrote:

“What exactly comes to mind when we think of the word impact? To me, it means influence.  It means taking one’s thoughts, ideas, and yes, beliefs and sharing them with others in hopes to see effective change for the positive happen in their life.  To me there is no greater way to do this than through the Word of God.  It’s sharing the truths of the Bible, the Good News of Jesus Christ, to those who don’t know Him yet.

Our love for people and the desire to follow the Great Commission should compel us to reach out through our God-given platform to reach a world in need; to share the love of Christ through His Word to a desperately seeking people.

It is quoted that there are “roughly 150,000 people who die each day across the globe,” (Quote Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortality_rate). That’s a large number of people!  So my next questions would be, “How many of those souls do we think were saved?  How many of those that died just on yesterday alone knew the love and sacrifice of Christ and accepted Him as their personal Savior?  Have they been impacted and harvested (so to speak) for His heavenly Kingdom?” (Word For Life Says/Impacting the World with the Word).

In this Psalm, we see that evangelism call being made to those who praise God.  To reach out to other “people” with the telling of His “wonders” and the extraordinary things He does.

There’s an old praise song that says:

“I tried Him, and I know Him,

He’s been better to me than I’ve been to myself

There could never be a friend as dear to me as Jesus” (Rev. Milton Brunson/Lyric Source: LyricZZ.com).

If we “declare” those “wonders among all people;” show and tell of His goodness, His mercy, His grace, His miracles, and His saving power – how many people who don’t know Him will be drawn to Him through our outpouring of praise?  Our mouths become vessels of honor for His “glory.”

Psalm 96:4-6 “For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.  For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.  Honor and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.”

“For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised.”  Psalm 77:13 asks a question, “Who is so great a God as our God?”  The answer to that is none.  This is why we are commanded to praise.  Simply put, God is above all.  The word “great” shows that He is more excellent in every way over everything and everyone.  There is none that is like Him; none can touch Him or compare in likeness, power, or authority.  As Creator; as the one and only true living God, God stands alone as the one who is “greatly to be praised.” 

“He is to be feared above all gods. For all gods of the nations are idols.”  For the people of Israel, theirs and our focus of worship was to be toward the one God; the only true living God (compare Jeremiah 10:10).  Our God is He that is real compared to the false ways and “gods” of other “nations” that were known for their “idols.” 

“He is to be feared above all gods.”  “Above” means superior in every way.  In other words, God has no equal!  There is nobody that can be measured up against Him!  There is no comparison, no rival, no match, and no substitutes – none that can be even remotely like God!  “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the First and I am the Last; besides Me there is no God,” (Isaiah 44:6, NKJV).

Through “idol” worshiping and trust in man, man has attempted to make God measure up to his standards by bringing Him down to their means of understanding.  That just won’t work.  God is incomprehensible.  God is incomparable!  “For who in the heaven can be compared unto the LORD? who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD?  God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him,” (Psalm 89:6-7).

Therefore, “he is to be feared.”  We touched on this last week in speaking of recognizing His sovereign position over all.  If you remember I said, fearing God is a requirement that if fulfilled can lead to a life of reward; and if ignored, to judgment.  And, that still stands true in this week’s lesson.

All other “gods of the nations are idols,” meaning they are false; not real.  God, in the book of Isaiah often rebuked the people for their foolishness in falling down before a block of wood and other false mediums, and worshiping it (read Isaiah 44:9-20 where it discusses the futility of idols fashioned with the hands of man).  In essence, He tells them they took half the wood to cook on and the other half they decide to make it into a god.  Foolishness!  What they are worshiping is a lie!  All “idols” are lies.  But, God is to be “feared” because He is the real deal!  The only real God there is!

God is the one who “made the heavens.”  We discussed His creative power with just a spoken word in last week’s lesson.  The book of Genesis shows us the history of the world, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” (Genesis 1:1).  This is why we praise Him because He is really and truly the only One God mighty in power and deed.  The sad news about this is all of creation knows there is only one true God and worships Him as such.  It is man only who struggles with recognizing God in His trueness.

“Honor . . . majesty . . . strength . . . beauty” are some of the royal attributes we recognize in conjunction with His name.  They are “before him . . . in his sanctuary,” meaning wherever the presence of God is these lovely characteristics of His holy nature are with Him.   Psalm 104:1 tell us He is “clothed with honour and majesty,” (see also Psalm 93:1).  As an earthly king would where garments that set his stature before others, God, the ultimate King, adorns Himself with these holy features that mere men can only dream about.  For His royal apparel is not made with skillful hands, fabric, jewels, and the like – but, with things that can’t be bought – traits that only His holy nature can produce and wear.

Psalm 96:7-9 “Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.  Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name.  Bring an offering, and come into his courts.  O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.”

“Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of people,” (compare 1 Chronicles 16:28).  The word “kindreds” refer to families (Jews, Gentiles, from nations far or near – everyone).  People from all over the world are called to attend and participate in the service of worship before the LORD; to “give” Him the proper due His name.    

The word “give” is often referred to as “ascribe” by some which simply means to attribute or assign what is being said in the verse to “the LORD.”  He is the one who possess “glory and strength” and should be recognized as such.  He is the one to whom “glory” is “due unto his name.” 

One of my favorite devotions I have written and shared quite a few times with you is from Psalm 29:1-2 (which is synonymous with verses 7-8 above) title “Glorify God.”  In that it reads:

“Alpha and Omega! The First and the Last! He that was, and is, and is to come! Majesty! Omnipotent! Omniscient! Heavenly Father! King of all kings, and LORD of all lords! El Shaddai! He that is worthy of all honor and all praise! He, our Father who art in heaven, is worthy of all honor and all praise. His name is to be glorified. His name is to be magnified.

Ah, we know God by these titles and many, many more. Or, at least, we should. God is worthy to hear His children speak reverently about Him on a continual basis. Daily the praises of who He is in our life should pour from our lips, recognizing Him for His glorious nature . . .” (Word For Life Says). 

“Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.”  The command rests again on “all the earth” to participate in the “worship” of God.  From our human perspective we cannot imagine how far God’s “holiness” supersedes all else.  He is more than just “set apart” (the word which we usually use to define holy).  He is purer than pure; untainted and untouched from wrong, failings, and sin.  So much so, the seraphim in Isaiah 6:3 had to announce “Holy, Holy, Holy” three times when referring to the “LORD of hosts.”  He is the epitome of perfection; well actually, beyond perfection and our worship of Him is to be no less sincere.

Psalm 96:10-13 “Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.  Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.  Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.”

The command to reach out and “say,” or tell others, of our reigning King is present again in these verses.  We see the word “heathen” being used again to really identify others that are not God’s identified people need to hear “that the LORD reigneth.”

People need to know that God is still on the throne and He will never be removed.  As a matter of fact, if we go back to Psalm 29 there we will see it is proclaimed, “the LORD sitteth King for ever,” (verse 10).  This Royal psalm not only calls for His people to celebrate His Kingship but to tell those of the world all about Him.

Why is this important?  Because God, the Creator of the universe, the Sovereign King of Majesty, is sitting not only sitting on the throne but, “he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.”  Revelation 19:11 tells us, “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war,” (emphasis mine).  That day is coming!

Whatever injustices and evil we face today, we can still praise God because all of it will answer to Him and “he shall judge,” (compare Psalm 98:9).

Conclusion:

The command to praise God and glorify His name is for all of creation. “Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.  Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice,” (Psalm 96:11-12).  And let every man, woman, and child give Him the glory!

Standard Print PDF: All Creation is to Praise God Sunday School Lesson Standard Print

Large Print PDF: All Creation is to Praise God Sunday School Lesson Large Print

Below are activities that support this week’s lesson.  Enjoy!

Word Search: All Creation is to Praise God Word Search  Answers: All Creation is to Praise God Word Search Answers

Crossword: All Creation is to Praise God Crossword  Answers: All Creation is to Praise God Crossword Answers

Word Scramble: All Creation is to Praise God Word Scramble  Answers: All Creation is to Praise God Word Scramble Answers

Memory Verse: All Creation is to Praise God Memory Verse

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Draw the Scene: All Creation is to Praise God Draw the Scene

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Our lesson opens up with the command to “Sing unto the LORD” three times.  These activities from previous lessons will help your students sing and celebrate God.  Enjoy!

“Sing and Shout!” Party Hat:

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Simply print out the PDF: Sing and Shout Party Hat onto cardstock, decorate and cut out.  Bring the two corners together and staple or tape together.  Punch two holes on the side and string through with yarn.  And there, you have your party hat to Sing and Shout to the Lord in celebration!  Enjoy!

“Sing and Shout!” Tambourine:

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Simply print out the PDF: Tambourine Template onto paper.  Let the students decorate.  Attach two paper plates together with beans or rice on the inside (I used staples but you can use glue or tape also).  Glue the decorated template onto the outside of one of the plates and continue to decorate your tambourine.  If you desire, I made construction paper ribbons to attach and decorate mine with.  Use about 1″ strips of construction paper or leftover wrapping paper or what ever you have on hand.  Enjoy!

Now that you have your hat and your tambourine, it’s time to “SING AND SHOUT!” unto the Lord!!!

Below are Links/Activities/Resources from previous lessons that support this week’s lesson.  Enjoy!

“Psalms Sunday School Projects and Activities”

“Singing Praise to the Lord”

“Psalm 96:1 Coloring Sheet”

“Psalms Activities”

“Psalm 19:1 Coloring Page”

“A Heart of Worship” from Ministry to Children

“Let the World Praise the Lord” from Ministry to Children

“Praise the Lord” from Childrensministry.com

“Why Do We Praise God?” from Kidssundayschool.com

“Praising God with Your Hands” from Ezinearticles.com

“I Will Praise God” Coloring Page from Twistynoodle.com

“Sing Praise to the Lord” Coloring Page from Lessons4sundayschool.com

“Psalm 147:1” Coloring Page from Ilovejesus.com

“O Sing to the Lord a New Song” Coloring Page from Karla Dornacher

“Make a Joyful Noise” Coloring Page from Karla Dornacher

“Sing Unto the Lord” Coloring Pages from Childrens Gems in MY Treasure Box

“Praise the Lord” Coloring Page from Church House Collection

“When We Praise God” Coloring Page from Hem of His Garment

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