Psalms 98

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“The LORD has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations” (Psalm 98:2 NKJV).

October 26, 2017

The psalmist praised the “LORD.” When English translations use all caps for this word, it shows that the revealed name, “Yahweh,” is being translated. Because the Jews considered the name too holy to say, they substituted the word “Adonai,” or Lord in its place when reading it aloud. Yahweh was the name that God had “made known” to Moses at the burning bush. It was the LORD who brought little Israel out of Egypt and established them as a nation in Canaan, so that all the nations knew He had delivered them. Yet, this was only a foreshadowing of the salvation God would “make known” through Christ Jesus. Now, Jesus has commanded His disciples to “go” and “make known” the good news of His salvation to the “nations” (Matt. 28:19-20).

“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!” (Psalm 98:4 ESV)

April 27, 2016

Those who know the Lord should sing joyful songs of praise and make joyful noises with their instruments. Worship is no time to be shy or self-aware. It is a time to focus on the King, giving Him the praise due him. The psalmist uses imperative language to urge our worship: “Make a joyful noise” and “break forth into joyous song!” When was the last time you “broke forth?” Perhaps that’s what many of us need today… a breakthrough. We need a worship breakthrough. Worship that breaks forth through our fear, our worry, our trouble. Worship that lifts our focus from our circumstances to His face. And this command to worship also moves us to carry the gospel to “all the earth,” so that people from every tribe and tongue join us in joyful song. Break forth!

“Shout to the Lord, all the earth; break out in praise and sing for joy!” (Psalm 98:4 NLT)

April 27, 2014

This psalm is a call to worship. It announces God’s victory and coming justice. After inviting believers to shout, sing, and play all kinds of musical instruments, it also encourages the earth itself to join in praise. The rivers are to “clap” and the hills to “sing.” All creatures and creation itself are instructed to join in worship of the Creator. Who will answer this call?