Scripture Song of Psalm 96:11-13

“Let The Heavens Rejoice”

Commentary on Psalm 96:11-13

by Hebron Christian Fellowship

One of the questions most frequently asked of believers by skeptics is, "If God is good, then why is there evil in the world?" The answer, found in Genesis chapters 1-3, is a simple, three-letter word: "sin." (Or, if you like, "man" works just as well.) On the seventh day of creation, the world was perfect; there were no birth defects, no disease, no natural disasters. God looked at everything He had made, and pronounced it "very good" (Gen. 1:31).

Then, sin entered the picture. The consequences of Adam and Eve's disobedience fell not only on all their descendants, but on all of creation as well. The world we live in today, with its pain, sorrow, and death on every side, is nothing like what God had in mind, and He doesn't plan to leave it that way. The Bible tells us that Creation itself, having been subjugated to man and the effects of his rebellion, is groaning with longing for the day of final redemption (Rom 8:19-22).

On that day, when Jesus Christ comes back to earth to take dominion, the paradise of Eden will be restored. Wolves will lie down with sheep, and leopards with goats (Isa. 11:6). Instead of weeds and thorns, the earth will produce fruit in such abundance that the harvests will last until planting time the next year (Amos 9:13). All Creation will be in harmony, and from the trees to the oceans to the sky, it will burst out with praise to the Redeemer, who makes all things new.

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Psalm 96:11-13

Verbatim KJV. Words or verses not included in song replaced with "..."

  1. Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.
  2. Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice
  3. 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.