Read: Psalm 98:1; Exodus 15:1 – 7; Matthew 26:64; Hebrews 1:3, 13; 10:12
Psalm 98 can be viewed as containing two parts: truth about God, and what God’s people are to do in response to that truth. Psalm 98:1 reveals this truth about God: He has done marvelous things, and His right hand and His holy arm have gotten Him the victory. The “right hand” was the hand of power; the Psalm echoes the song of Moses in Exodus 15 in celebrating God’s display of power.
Think About It: Who is associated with God’s right hand in Matt. 26:64 and Hebrews 1:3, 13, and 10:12? According to Ephesians 1:19 – 20, how has God displayed His power to us? How have I experienced God’s mighty power?
Prayer: Praise God for His mighty power.
Read: Psalm 98:2- 3; Joshua 2:8 – 11; Acts 10:34 – 43, 17:31; Romans 1:4
Psalm 98:2 – 3 tells us that God has made known His salvation and openly displayed His righteousness in the sight of the heathen; consequently, all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of God.
Think About It: How did God openly display His salvation in the specific case of Rahab in Joshua 2:8 – 11? How did God display His righteousness in the sight of the heathen according to Acts 10:34 – 43? According to Acts 1:8, what is my part in God’s work of making known His salvation? Am I a faithful witness?
Prayer: That I might be a faithful witness to God’s saving power.
Read: Psalm 98:3; Psalm 25:10; Psalm 57:3; Psalm 85:10; Proverbs 16:6; Romans 5:1
Psalm 98:3 also tells us the Lord has remembered His mercy and truth towards the house of Israel. “Mercy” and “truth” are words often found together in Scripture. Jesus Christ embodies the combination of these terms; His redemptive work on the cross made it possible for mercy and truth to meet.
Think About It: Where would I be if God only remembered His truth towards me, and not His mercy? Why can’t God simply be merciful, without regard to truth?
Prayer: Thank God for His mercy and truth.
Read: Psalm 98:9; Psalm 9:8; Acts 17:31; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5; Revelation 14:7; Ezekiel 18:30; Isaiah 11:1 – 4
Psalm 98:9 tells us that God comes to judge the world with righteousness, and the people with equity or “evenness.”
Think About It: What are the consequences of believing in a final judgment from God? What are the consequences of not believing in that final judgment? What role does Christ play in God’s coming in judgment?
Prayer: That I might be ready to stand in the day of judgment.
Read: Psalm 98:1; Isaiah 42:6 – 10; Ephesians 3:5; 2 Corinthians 5:17; Revelation 5:9
In response to the truth about God revealed in Psalm 98, the psalmist calls us in Psalm 98:1 and 4 – 8 to sing and make a joyful noise to the Lord. The response of praise called for has specific characteristics: in Psalm 98:1, it is to be a “new” or “fresh” song. Matthew Henry, commenting on Isaiah 42:10, refers to this “new song” as the “New Testament song,” because “the giving of Christ for a light to the Gentiles was a new thing, and very surprising. The apostle speaks of it as a mystery which, in other ages, was not made known, as it is now revealed, that the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs (Eph. 3:5).”
Think About It: In the sense of which Matthew Henry speaks, does music have to be newly written in order to be a “new song”? What would be appropriate topics for a “new song” in the biblical sense of “New Testament” song?
Prayer: Lord, help me to sing your praises with a fresh song.
Read: Psalm 98:4; Psalms 66:1; 81:1; 95:1, 2; 98:4, 6; 100:1
Four specific qualities of praise are called for in response to the truth about God in Psalm 98:4: 1) make a joyful noise (Heb. roo-ah) – a shout of joyful triumph; 2) make a loud noise (Heb. patsach’) – break out, burst forth; 3) rejoice (Heb. ranan) – give a ringing cry; 4) sing praise (Heb. zawmar) – sing praise with a psalm.
Think About It: Imagine a worship service that contained joyful shouts of triumph, breaking forth with a loud noise, ringing cries, a psalms of praise. What would it sound like? What would it feel like to be there? Do I get excited about who God is and what He has done? Do I respond emotionally to the truth I know about God?
Prayer: Lord, help me to get excited about You!
Read: Psalm 98:6; Hebrews 10:24 – 25; John 20:21; Matthew 24:31; 1 Corinthians 15:52; Isaiah 61:1- 2
In Psalm 98:6, the psalmist calls for the blowing of trumpets in response to the truth about God. Two kinds of trumpets are mentioned: the chatsotsera, the straight, silver trumpet, referred to in Numbers 10:1 – 2, which was blown to summon the people to meeting and to send them out; and the shofar, mentioned in Leviticus 25:8 – 11, which was blown in the year of jubilee to proclaim liberty throughout the land.
Think About It: In response to truth about God, we are to assemble together before God; we are sent out by God; we have liberty proclaimed to us, and we are to proclaim liberty throughout the land. Are the trumpets blowing in my life?
Prayer: Praise God for His liberating truth.