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1 (A Psalm.) O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.

2 The LORD hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

3 He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

4 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

5 Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.

7 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

8 Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together

9 Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.

Commentary for Psalms 98

The glory of the Redeemer. (1-3) The joy of the Redeemer. (4-9)

1-3 A song of praise for redeeming love is a new song, a mystery hidden from ages and generations. Converts sing a new song, very different from what they had sung. If the grace of God put a new heart into our breasts, it will put a new song into our mouths. Let this new song be sung to the praise of God, in consideration of the wonders he has wrought. The Redeemer has overcome all difficulties in the way of our redemption, and was not discouraged by the services or sufferings appointed him. Let us praise him for the discoveries made to the world of the work of redemption; his salvation and his righteousness fulfilling the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament. In pursuance of this design, God raised up his Son Jesus to be not only a Light to lighten the Gentiles, but the glory of his people Israel. Surely it behoves us to inquire whether his holy arm hath gotten the victory in our hearts, over the power of Satan, unbelief, and sin? If this be our happy case, we shall exchange all light songs of vanity for songs of joy and thanksgiving; our lives will celebrate the Redeemer's praise.

4-9 Let all the children of men rejoice in the setting up the kingdom of Christ, for all may benefit by it. The different orders of rational creatures in the universe, seem to be described in figurative language in the reign of the great Messiah. The kingdom of Christ will be a blessing to the whole creation. We expect his second coming to begin his glorious reign. Then shall heaven and earth rejoice, and the joy of the redeemed shall be full. But sin and its dreadful effects will not be utterly done away, till the Lord come to judge the world in righteousness. Seeing then that we look for such things, let us give diligence that we may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 98

  • Bruce
    No. The Harp. Then it's repeated again, with a Voice Added. Playing The Harp and Singing a Psalm to God.
  • Corey
    Why is harp used twice here? Is one an Instrument and the other God? Assuming so! Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.
  • Steve morrow
    Psalm 98:4 make a ---JOYFUL--- noise unto THE LORD all the earth make a loud noise and rejoice and sing praise ROMANS 14:17 FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT MEAT AND DRINK BUT RIGHTEOUSNESS AND PEACE AND ---JOY--- IN THE HOLY SPIRIT PSALM 95:1 o come let us sing unto THE LORD let us make a ---JOYFUL--- noise to the rock of our salvation
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 98:2 THE LORD hath made known HIS salvation HIS righteousness hath HE openly showed in the sight of the heathen PROVERBS 8:8 all the words of MY mouth are in righteousness there is nothing forward or perverse in them
  • Hazela
    Thank you Lord for your blessings for answering prayers we worship you you're worthy to be preys. And I love you Lord
  • Timothy
    Psalms Ch. 98 v.1-3, is a whole heart song of praise to God for victory over enemies, power over evil, and this comes by way of Israel (Prince of God's who prevails with God) Genesis Ch.32 v.28b, so when we endure many trials, our faith is ensured than salvation is easy, and ones heart will sing songs of deliverence to our Lord.
  • Walter
    nobody like jesus always there for our asking always looking out for his friends he cslled me friend
  • Martha atter
    It's a form of thanksgiving and gratitude to the Almighty God.

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Bible Trivia

What does the psalmist suggest, in Psalm 98, the floods (or rivers) do to praise God?
  • Clap Their Hands
  • Recede
  • Rise Higher
  • Overflow River Banks
  • Teem With Fish