This sermon is part of the sermon series "The Heart of Christ". See series.
We're starting a new series today called The Heart of Christ. Let's begin by looking at Psalm 96. Psalms are actually songs, and Psalm 96 is a song about singing a song:
Sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
The whole planet is supposed to get involved in this song to the Lord. Notice that the word LORD is in all caps. This isn't a typo. This is how our English translators decided they would express something to us. The Hebrew word used here is actually the word Yahweh, which means "I Am That I Am," or "I Am the One Who Is." This is how God referred to himself to Moses through the burning bush. Using Yahweh or LORD is different than just saying God. It is the sacred name of God that he voiced to Moses. So we can read these verses as:
Sing to Yahweh a new song;
sing to the I Am, all the earth!
sing to the I Am the One Who Is, praise his name,
proclaim his salvation from day to day.
Yahweh is the only God.
This psalm calls the people of God to sing a song to God as he manifested himself to Moses—the great I Am. Why should we sing to Yahweh? The answer is in verse 4: "For great is the LORD"—the I Am—"and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods."
You've got to understand something. In the ancient world, there was god competition. Consider Egypt and the gods of Egypt for a moment. Each god had a different responsibility, and they all had to work together to make the world function. For example, Nut was the goddess of the heavens. Her husband was Geb, god of the earth. And Shu, Nut's father, was the god of the air. Shu had to hold up the sky to keep it from crashing into Earth. They each ...
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