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May 2011

Glorious and Mighty

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 feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and beauty are in his sanctuary. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, 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 the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth! Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns! Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.” – Psalm 96:3-10

A number of years ago I was introduced to the music from Sovereign Grace Ministries. The first album I came in contact with was their Psalms album. I was immediately hooked. The album is made up of interpretations of individual Psalms, all in light of the crucified and risen Jesus to whom they point. One song in particular that stuck with me off the album was Glorious and Mighty, based on Psalm 96:1-13. This song is a compelling declaration of God’s glory and lordship over all creation. Here are the lyrics:

    Majesty, Your glory is shining
    Brighter than the moon and the stars
    Marveling, we honor and fear You
    Above all gods

    Glorious and mighty, You’re awesome in beauty
    Joyful songs we raise
    Glorious and mighty, You’re awesome in beauty
    Greatly to be praised

    Majesty, You fashioned the heavens
    Your decrees can never be changed
    Over all the plans of the nations
    Your judgments reign

    Majesty, we’ll sing with creation
    When You come again in the clouds
    Every knee will bow down and worship
    The one true God

In both Psalm 96:1-13 and Glorious and Mighty, we are singing about the glory of God. A God who is King over all creation and worthy of all our praise. We sing of his marvelous works, and we are able to sing because we have tasted and seen that God is greater to know than all other greatness.

    For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; he is to be feared above all gods. – Psalm 96:4

We naturally raise up joyful songs because we are excited to know him, and sing to him, and to call the world to sing with us to him. If Jesus truly is our Lord, then this is why we were made, for when Jesus comes back to rule and reign, we will be singing joyful songs to the Lamb that was slain, for all eternity.

Plan on joining us this Sunday as we learn this new song together and corporately “ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name.”



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