O 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. (Psalm 96:1–2)
On the surface, Psalm 96 is simply a song of utmost praise. The psalmist calls us all to sing: to bless God’s name (v. 2), to declare God’s glory (v. 3), to tell God’s marvelous works (v. 3), to worship God in holy splendor (v. 9). But the psalmist’s deep desire is for the entirety of the world to be set right with the righteousness and justice of God (v. 14). This means that the psalmist sings (and calls us to sing) even when times are difficult, even when righteousness is difficult to find, even when justice and wholeness and peace are hard to come by. May we sing the song of the psalmist, in good times and in difficult times, as our prayer for righteousness and justice – even now. – rc