Psalm 98

Psalm 98

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Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord

A Psalm.

98   Oh sing to the LORD a new song,
    for he has done marvelous things!
  His right hand and his holy arm
    have worked salvation for him.
  The LORD has made known his salvation;
    he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
  He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
    to the house of Israel.
  All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.
  Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
    break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
  Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre,
    with the lyre and the sound of melody!
  With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!
  Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    the world and those who dwell in it!
  Let the rivers clap their hands;
    let the hills sing for joy together
  before the LORD, for he comes
    to judge the earth.
  He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.

(ESV)


Psalm 98 Commentary

by Hank Workman

What would a new song to our eternal great God sound like?

This question rambles in my thoughts as I consider my own prayers and what they look like.  I consider how yes, I praise Him each morning first before getting into the intercession of matters, but what are the songs of triumph I sing and give before Him each morning?  What are the new discoveries I have had of Jesus worthy of praise?  Where have I allowed the Holy Spirit to take these thoughts and turn them into adoration?

Simply consider your own prayers in regards to this matter.  Are they the same thing repeated day after day?  Are there new things that God has revealed worthy of praise even when it seems like it was just a monotonous living that took place?

Consider, when Miriam burst forth in song in the desert it wasn’t an Egyptian song she regaled but a new song of God.  When Deborah sang it wasn’t based on Miriam’s song it was a new discovery.  They say that there are striking parallels between the first part of this Psalm with Mary’s Magnificat found in Luke 1:46-55.  She may have had one of these songs in mind or even this Psalm itself but she ultimately sang a new song as promises from the Holy Spirit would be fulfilled through the birth of her Son.  Spiritual victories were coming because God had acted.

So what are the new songs you sing?

The singing of a new song is found many times in Scripture from the Psalms, the prophets and Revelation.  You see, there is always something fresh and new discoveries we hold for our God.  There are always beautiful revelations of our Jesus.

The song of redeeming grace is always fresh, always exciting, always holds new discoveries for us.  If His mercies are new every morning, what is the new song you can sing this day not based on yesterday?

This new song is a song of redemption.  This is a song of victory that although we labor in the present, hope still remains.  The great works of God, such insanely wonderful things He does declares the victory that we hope for and cling toward when the head of the enemy will be crushed and the Lamb will appear in all His glory.

So consider, what is the new song you can sing this day?


Psalm 98 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

Do we actually praise and worship God for His judgment?

Let the sea and all that fills it, the world and those who live in it, resound.  8  Let the rivers clap their hands; let the mountains shout together for joy  9  before the LORD, for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world righteously and the peoples fairly.

Psalms 98:7-9 HCSB

The praise given by creation in this passage is in regards to God’s coming to judge the earth. It may seem strange to us, but there is great truth in this thought. First, it challenges us to consider how much we really trust God. Do we trust that He is a fair and righteous judge? Can we believe that His promised judgment is good? Some try and explain away God’s judgment as if it’s not really going to be all that bad.

Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, and some to shame and eternal contempt.

Daniel 12:2 HCSB

Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I’ll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them, but store the wheat in my barn.'”

Matthew 13:30 HCSB

“Then He will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either.’  46  “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

Matthew 25:45-46 HCSB

“It is a clear evidence of God’s righteous judgment that you will be counted worthy of God’s kingdom, for which you also are suffering,  6  since it is righteous for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you  7  and to reward with rest you who are afflicted, along with us. This will take place at the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven with His powerful angels,  8  taking vengeance with flaming fire on those who don’t know God and on those who don’t obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.  9  These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction from the Lord’s presence and from His glorious strength  10  in that day when He comes to be glorified by His saints and to be admired by all those who have believed, because our testimony among you was believed.”

2 Thessalonians 1:5-10 HCSB

Not exactly something to worship about, right? Psalm 98 clearly calls us to celebrate God’s judgment on us and on the world. The reasoning behind this is because it is God’s will. This alone is worthy to be trusted. I guarantee you none of the disciples were worshiping and praising when Jesus gave His life. Today, that’s the central reason we worship. The point being, we either trust God or we don’t. If He says He is coming to judge the world, it’s natural to get uncomfortable. The counterpoint to our uncomfortable feelings is the fact that God has always delivered on His promises – often in the most unbelievable and unforeseeable ways.

When we soften God’s judgment, we dilute grace and deceive ourselves. Furthermore, if we trust that Jesus’ sacrifice has indeed covered all sin, then we can rejoice in God’s judgment knowing that He is coming to make all things right.

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