Psalm 96 – Invitation to Splendour

It’s an interesting invitation, isn’t it. Come and enjoy something majestic, brilliant, breathtaking, outstanding, utterly remarkable, extraordinary, extremely superb in every way of which terms like beauty and splendour barely scratch the surface of that which you behold with all your senses. 

It’s interesting, because that’s not always the way praise and worship of God is pitched. Just experiencing, witnessing, observing and responding to just being in the presence of a glorious God should be something in and of itself. People cough up millions in total in visiting galleries and museums set up to fascinate and intrigue, but that is sometimes missing from our genuine appreciation of this most beautiful of Saviours. It’s missed in the drive to whip up a frenzy and ‘set the atmosphere’ to get people in exultant and ecstatic states sometimes completely missing the One who we’re supposed to be worshipping. We shouldn’t need all that pom-pom cheerleading as this Psalm highlights. You just consider Him for who He reveals Himself to be and the response isn’t contrived and forced at all. You don’t whip up the courage to compliment someone on something done well. You don’t have to ‘create the vibe’ to acknowledge something terrific. Encountering it prompts it from you automatically and the more brilliant and excellent it is the more the expression verbal and non-verbal pours out of you. 

That is what we are invited to look on in this Psalm. And we don’t need lots of money to access this experience. We don’t have to travel the length and breadth of the globe to get a glimpse. Right where you are in whatever state or condition you can experience wonders, beauty, sophistication and splendour like nothing else creation has to offer, by encountering God in the beauty of His holiness. 

What an invitation! 

For His Name’s Sake 


C. L. J. Dryden 


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