along to your favourite Bible songs or have them
performed at weddings or other special occasions.
Bible in Song music can be purchased as CDs or MP3 albums, for quick download to your computer at lower price.
King James Version of the
1 O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth.
2 Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; show forth his salvation from day to day.
3 Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.
4 For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised: he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the LORD made the heavens.
6 Honour and majesty are before him: strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
7 Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
8 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.
9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously.
11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
13 Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.1
Three times we are here called to sing unto
Let this song be sung constantly, not only in the times appointed
for the solemn feasts, but from day to day; it is a subject that can
never be exhausted.2 Let all
the earth lift up one common psalm as with one heart and voice unto
Jehovah, who hath visited it with his salvation.3
2 We may
well bless him who so divinely blesses us.3
Bless his name, speak well of him, that you may bring others to
think well of him.2 Let us
proclaim the glad tidings, or preach the gospel of his salvation
continually.3 His salvation,
which was to be wrought out by the Lord Jesus, must be shown forth
as the cause of this joy and praise.2
salvation was, in the Old-Testament times a glory to be revealed;
but in the fulness of time it was declared. What was then
discovered was declared only among the Jews, but it is now declared
among the heathen, among all people; the nations which long
sat in darkness now see this great light.
The apostles’ commission to preach the gospel to every creature is
copied from this: Declare his glory among the heathen.2
4 Jehovah is no petty deity, presiding, as the heathen
imagined their gods to do, over some one nation, or one department
of nature. Jehovah is great in power and dominion, great in mind and
act; in all things he is infinite. Even if the graven images had
been gods they could not have borne comparison for an instant with
the God of Israel, and therefore his worship, should be far more
zealous than any which has been rendered to them.3
reputed or worshipped as gods among the heathens were are images of wood and stone,
things of nought.3,4 The idol gods have
no existence, but our God made the heavens.3 He who is
the creator is alone worthy of adoration and praise.4
6 Honour and majesty are with Jehovah and with him
alone. In His presence real glory and sovereignty abide, as constant
attendants. Men can but mimic these things; their pompous pageants
are but the pretence of greatness. In Him are combined all
that is mighty and lovely, powerful and resplendent.
Not in outward show or
parade of costly robes does the glory of God consist; such things
are tricks of state with which the ignorant are dazzled; holiness,
justice, wisdom, grace, these are the splendours of Jehovah's
courts, these the jewels and the gold, the regalia, and the pomp of
the courts of heaven.3
7 The first six verses commenced with an exhortation to
sing, three times repeated, with the name of the Lord thrice
mentioned; here we meet with the expression “Give unto the Lord”,
used in the same triple manner. This is after the manner of those
poets whose flaming sonnets have best won the ear of, the people,
they reiterate choice words till they penetrate the soul and fire
the heart. Divided into tribes and families, we are called in our
courses and order to appear before him and ascribe to him worship
and honour. Give unto the LORD glory and strength, that is to say,
recognise the glory and power of Jehovah, and ascribe them unto him
in your solemn hymns.3
8 All conceivable honour is due to
our Creator, Preserver, Benefactor, and Redeemer, and however much
of zealous homage we may offer to him, we cannot give him more than
his due. To him who gives us all, we ought gladly to give our
grateful tithe. When assembling for public worship we should make a
point of bringing with us a contribution to his cause, according to
that ancient word, "None of you shall appear before me empty."3
9 Beauty of architecture and apparel He does not regard;
moral and spiritual beauty is that in which his soul delighteth.
Worship must not be rendered to God in a slovenly, sinful,
superficial manner; we must be reverent, sincere, earnest, and pure
in heart both in our prayers and praises. The psalmist calls all
the earth to “fear” before Jehovah. "Tremble" is the word in the
original, and it expresses the profoundest awe, just as the word
"worship" does, which would be more accurately translated by "bow
They who enter into
the presence of a king presently fall on their knees in token of
submission and homage; in the presence of your King do the same.4
gladdest news which can be carried to the heathen is that the Lord
Jehovah, in the person of his Son has assumed the throne, and taken
to himself his great power. Society is safe where God is king, no
revolutions shall convulse his empire, no invasions shall disturb
his kingdom. Sin has shaken the world, the reign of Jesus will set
it fast again upon sure foundations.3
Christ’s government will be incontestably just and righteous.2
11 Above and below let the joy be manifested. Let the angels
who have stood in amaze at the wickedness of men, now rejoice over
their repentance and restoration to favour, and let men themselves
express their pleasure in seeing their true prince set upon his
throne. Let there be no more a troubled sea, wailing over
shipwrecked mariners, and rehearsing the griefs of widows and
orphans, but let it adopt a cheerful note, and rejoice in the
kingdom of the Lord. Let it thunder out the name of the Lord when
its tides are at its full, and let all its teeming life express the
utmost joy because the Lord reigneth even in the depth of the sea.3
12 All nature is invited to share
in the praise of God when Christ comes to usher in the eternal reign
of righteousness.5 Let the
cultivated plains praise the Lord. Both men, and creatures that
graze the plain, and the crops themselves are represented as
swelling the praises of Jehovah. The psalmist does not say, let the
trees of the wood rejoice, but they shall do so.3
13 The repetition of the phrase “for he (the Lord) cometh”
lends force and animation to the passage. The coming of Christ will
inaugurate His kingdom of righteousness.5
He will judge with honesty, veracity and integrity. Judgment will
be given without fear or favour. In all this let the nations be
glad, and the universe rejoice.3
Christ’s coming to judgment will result in the establishment of
moral order in the earth and the inauguration of eternal peace and
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
Complete Commentary on the Whole Bible
H. Spurgeon, "The Treasury of David" - http://bible.crosswalk.com/Commentaries
Adam Clarke's Bible Commentary - www.godrules.net/library/clarke/clarke.htm
5. SDA Bible
Commentary Vol. 3 pg 851
6. Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New
7. COMMENTARY ON
THE BOOK OF PSALMS BY JOHN CALVIN
8. MISSIONS IN THE PSALMS -