sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples.
For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be revered above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts.
Worship the Lord in holy splendor;
tremble before him, all the earth.
Say among the nations, ‘The Lord is king!
The world is firmly established; it shall never be moved.
He will judge the peoples with equity.’
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
let the field exult, and everything in it.
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the Lord; for he is coming,
for he is coming to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with his truth.
Years later I found out that some of the neighbors enjoyed listening to my vocal concerts. Maybe it’s because I’m a singer by nature that I’ve always loved the first verse of Psalm 96, “Sing a new song to the Lord;” recently have been wondering, as I do periodically, just what this “new” song might be for me here and now. If my life is indeed a song, then how do I make of it a “new” one? There are lots of approaches to answering this question, but one that Advent season proposes is the advice of John the Baptist “Repent! Turn your life around!” and “Prepare ye the way of the Lord.” “Level the mountains of pride in your heart and fill in the valleys of sinfulness and sloth.”