Psalm 96 extols the glory of the Lord: “For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods” (v.4, NIV). That verse may give us pause for a moment–the gods?–but then you read the next verse, “For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the LORD made the heavens” (v.5). Ah. Whatever supposed gods may be worshipped, the one true God is the Creator.
In that one verse we have the antidote to both polytheism and pantheism. There is one true God, and He is not to be confused with creation. He is exalted: “Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and glory are in his sanctuary” (v.6).
Though the world is not God, it belongs to God, and so the psalmist poetically exhorts creation to give forth its praise: “Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy” (vv.11-12). This world exists for the praise of its Maker.
So, also, do we. God is great, and worthy of all worship. This is the high calling of all creatures, to glorify the glorious Creator. May He be praised, now and forever.