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Bible passage Psalm 98

Psalm 98

A psalm.
 1 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.

 2 The LORD has made his salvation known
       and revealed his righteousness to the nations.

 3 He has remembered his love
       and his faithfulness to the house of Israel;
       all the ends of the earth have seen
       the salvation of our God.

 4 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,
       burst into jubilant song with music;

 5 make music to the LORD with the harp,
       with the harp and the sound of singing,

 6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram's horn—
       shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

 7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
       the world, and all who live in it.

 8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
      Let the mountains sing together for joy; 9 let them sing before the LORD,
       for he comes to judge the earth.
       He will judge the world in righteousness
       and the peoples with equity.

New International Version (NIV) Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

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Salvation focused
The psalmist speaks here of salvation. It is God who has ‘worked salvation’ (v 1) – salvation is not grounded in our efforts, but results from God’s action. God has ‘made his salvation known’ (v 2) – we cannot discover the way of salvation except by God’s revelation. This salvation is global, encompassing not just Israel (v 3a), but the nations (v 2) and all creation (vs 4,7).

But salvation and judgement are two sides of a coin. The exhortation to ‘sing to the Lord’ is both because ‘he has done marvellous things’ (v 1a) and because ‘he comes to judge the earth’ (v 9a). God’s righteous judgement, which will purge the earth of all evil, is inextricably interwoven with salvation. This is a glorious promise, but also a grim warning.

Continuing battle
Creation is urged to ‘shout for joy’ (v 4). Yet, the roaring of the sea (v 7) or thunderous clapping of rivers (v 8) often signals disaster. The call to make music (vs 4–6) includes reference to the ‘blast of the ram’s horn’ (v 6) – a trumpet used in worship, but also to sound a warning or battle-cry.

God’s salvation is certain, secured by Christ on the cross, but the battle isn’t over. God’s kingdom is both now and not yet, and so obstacles and opposition form part of our faith journey.


How will seeing yourself as a soldier in God’s army change how you view your work, wealth, relationships, talents and time?

Tanya Ferdinandusz

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Sometimes, particularly when we have been wrestling with difficult issues, it is good just to get back to basics and to throw ourselves wholeheartedly into worshipping God! The God who has ‘done marvellous things’ (v 1), the God who has ‘worked salvation’ (v 1) and ‘made his salvation known’ (v 2), the God who ‘has remembered his love’ (v 3) and will always ‘judge the world in righteousness’ (v 9)! Today we can sing to him a ‘new song’ (v 1). That is, a song that does not just look back but looks forward; a song that expresses the fact that today we belong to this God, today we live in his kingdom and under his love, today we rejoice in who he is and what he has done. Yes, there are things that are hard to understand, difficult things happen to us and around us, but God remains God. It is not surprising that thinking about who God is makes the psalmist want to ‘shout for joy’ (v 4)! He calls on us to join him in shouting, not just to the Lord but also before people.

There is not only one way of doing this. The mention of harp, singing, trumpet and ram’s horn expresses the variety of instruments available to the psalmist and his desire to use them all. I’m sure he would have been happy to add saxophone, guitar, violin and all the other instruments available to us. He is so overwhelmed by his reflections on who God is and what God has done that he pictures the whole world joining in his singing and shouting. Even seas, rivers and mountains should be clapping and singing as God’s power and sovereignty, God’s love and God’s justice are recognised.

Mary Evans

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  • Adam Julians | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    Why is it that when we talk about worship it is always about making a noise when what happened with Moses was that his experience of God was with the "still small voice?" "Away with the noise of your songs!" (Amos 5:23). Don't get me wrong there is nothing wrong with singing with passion to the glory of the Lord. But I do wonder sometimes to what degree what goes on in church is genuine worship and to what degree is show business and for show. I find that in the busyness of life when I go to church in a Sunday what I want, what I need, is a bit of peace. And yes you have my permission to tease me about sounding as if I am old *wink*. We continue this theme we have talked about with salvation being 100% the work of God and with there not being a dichotomy between God's love and his judgement but that they are two sides of the same coin. I'm reflecting on the retreat I was part of last weekend where I found if most helpful to consider "light in the darkness". That the psalms don't hold back on the dark side of human nature (for example taking delight in bashing babies heads against rocks) or what the respected and well know psychologist Carl Jung called "the shadow" which every human has and according to him is most commonly present with projection of this darkness onto others. So we can be kind to ourselves, accept the reality, surrender the darkness to the light, to perfect love and emerge, knowing the joy of the Lord that this psalm beautifully expresses.

  • Angela Munday | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    This new day may we unite as we "Shout for joy to the LORD." Someone wrote "JOY:- the embrace of life in all its turmoil.".......Heavenly King, may I be peaceful, trusting and accepting as I live each day in obedience to You. Amen.

  • Lois Lang | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    The church I attend holds a quiet reflective morning prayer service once a week on a Tuesday. I attend as often as possible and find it really 'sets me up for the day'. We are lucky to have this service available as well as the usual Sunday communion and family worship services.

  • Christopher Brann | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    Adam, I agree. I often put in times of quite when leading a service. It's important to have time to listen as well as praise.

  • Gilvin Crisifeca | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    With His dying breath God the Son asked God the Father to forgive us (Lk 23:34). Then having fully satisfied the requirements of the law that stood against us, and having forged a new covenant in His blood, Jesus declared “it is finished” and gave up His spirit. His redemptive work complete, Jesus now sits at the right hand of God waiting for His saints to rise up boldly in their forgiven-ness and put His enemies under their feet and His. Jesus will never go to the cross again. As we all remember who we are in Christ I pray we'll raise some rooftops today, I want to!

  • josh mathews | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    great post thanks for sharing this wonderful article up here

  • Gill Glass | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    While reading this lovely psalm I thought of this worship song

  • Ken Sykes | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    There was silence in heaven for half and hour. Imagine the hosts of heaven counting down the seconds before they could burst out into praise worship and adoration of the the Lamb who was slain - for the remainder of eternity!

  • Oakley Bookworm | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    Actual worship or a good show? I'm a chorister in a 'high church' my friend is a drummer in a Baptist worship band. You couldn't get two differing styles! Yet, we both agree that we are not worshipping, but working, when we are providing service music. For me, it is important to attend services where the choir is not in attendance so I can worship. My friend is actually considering leaving his church because he is on duty every Sunday. Getting music prepared during the prayers is normal for many choristers, stewards, sidemen, Sunday school teachers, refreshments servers and others all miss some of the service and sacrifice their own worship to aid others. Today, would you pray for those who blow the rams horn, that they may be fed and filled, and have opportunities to worship in addition to their service for the Lord.

  • Ken Sykes | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    Oh yes. And a big problem with a lot of the noise in 'worship' (read music, singing) is that it is self centred rather than God centred. Compare 'O worship the King all glorious above' to some of the current songs!

  • Philippa Linton | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    Yes, there is a time for exultant praise - as this psalm shows- and a time for stillness and silence- Jesus spent whole nights alone in the hills praying to the Father. We need both, and I agree that cultivating silence and intimacy with God makes worship much richer - well, that's the point of it! Verse 6, the 'trumpet' made of a ram's horn is called the shofar - if any of you have ever heard it, you will know what an extraordinary, piercing, haunting blast it is.

  • Sarah Creen | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    Praying that all who will serve in services today will have the opportunity to worship & be fed themselves.

  • Gilvin Crisifeca | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    OAKLEY I have worn many 'hats' in church services and you've reminded me that the one I need to remember in order to worship in spirit is the 'helmet'

  • Gilvin Crisifeca | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    OAKLEY I have worn many 'hats' in church services and you've reminded me that the one I need to remember in order to worship in spirit is the 'helmet'

  • Gilvin Crisifeca | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    'of salvation' got missed off

  • Adam Julians | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    Oakley, thank you for sharing. That is revealing with what you say about working and not worshipping when providing service music to the point of considering leaving the church. That's a problem. It has become servility rather than service that can lead to burnout. It's a big problem in church leadership. Richard Tiplady, former principle of the International Christian College talked of this kind of thing in Rose Dowestt's book on mission where he claimed that Christian worship and community is unattractive to outsiders. To know that participating in "worship" can be unattractive to those leading also indicates that something has to change, just as in Amos. Worship is not a duty but a joy! Yes it requires work but it is life enhancing not draining. If this is not happening in the provision of or participation in music in the church then what is happening is not worship!

  • Lisa Woolfenden | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    Just wondering why the podcast button always seems to disappear on a Sunday above where you can listen to the songs?

  • Derek Forster | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    Standing on the promises of Christ my King, Thro’ eternal ages let His praises ring; Glory in the highest, I will shout and sing, Standing on the promises of God. Standing on the promises I cannot fall, List’ning ev’ry moment to the Spirit’s call, Resting in my Savior as my all in all, Standing on the promises of God. Chorus Standing, standing, Standing on the promises of God my Savior; Standing, standing, I’m standing on the promises of God.

  • Barbara Sabin | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    Might I respectfully suggest that to those who feel they are serving /working look again at what they are doing .They are dedicating their time and talents to God and that is worship. When service becomes a job it is being done in the wrong spirit, service is commitment. Mid all the traffic of the ways, turmoil without, within, make in my heart a quiet place and come and dwell therein. All that I am

  • Gilvin Crisifeca | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    OAKLEY. can't help thinking about your comment. Hope to take it into church. Husband said its attitude of heart and mind. Favour (value) one alternative over another. One alternative is to focus on God. This I pray for us all no matter the job or style or song/hymn or who is there ir doing whatever. Blessings all

  • Oakley Bookworm | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    Thank you for all the comments. BARBARA, I understand what you are saying. I agree that service is worship, but it is different to the free from distractions worship I experience in the pew. I wasn't suggesting that providing service music is drudgery or a chore, but that the technical requirements of producing it make it work. Service, yes. Worship, no, in my experience. For example, when I am concentrating on the conductor, sight reading and counting beats to the bar, at the end of the piece, if you were to ask me what the words I sang were or what they meant, I couldn't tell you. The 'work' makes meditating on the text impossible, but those words bless others who listen. This is why I always make sure I also attend non-working services, too.

  • Roger Hall | Sunday, 19 February 2017

    Ah some good thought today. Of course everyone needs to think about the tremendous gifts and talents we are given. Putting Christ FIRST! Means that we need to obey His commands, but ensure that there is something left for us to commit our lives to Him! That's the importance of sites like this, not so much to put our points of view, but to be able to quietly listen to God's Word. I'm wondering if I'm too interested in the comments and dare I say it, the argy bargy which sometimes goes on. The Lord will get through - Praise Him!

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