Psalm 98: a call to worship God
Psalm 98 is one of the shortest in the entire book of Psalms and it is a gratitude to God for having delivered His people. It is a continuation of Psalm 96 and 97. This passage is also known as the “psalm of the King’s Justice”.
Its short 9 verses are divided into a prayer that may have different origins, however the most striking is its second part, which tries to prepare the children of God for His arrival. Next, we will tell you how you can apply this psalm to your daily life.
Psalm 98: a call to worship
Psalm 98 is a call to worship. The author begins with energy and total joy inviting his brothers to sing to Jehovah. However, it is not any kind of worship, it is a spontaneous prayer, which does not expect reward, nor follows a song, but creates a new song.
The fact that God is our creator has turned us into creative beings. God wants us to use that creativity to perform any type of worship with love.
Although we must use old songs like the psalms, God also needs our new songs. This mandate is a revelation for the young Christians of today, who mostly rely on the hymns of worship and do not glorify the Creator with new and inspiring creations.
Psalm 98 proves once again that the infallible hand of God has imposed itself on any power that attempts to overshadow its presence. The transcendence of God’s power is one of the most important characteristics to identify His divinity and His sanctity.
This psalm allows us to obtain a new work to inspire us daily and prove to ourselves that God’s justice is the best alternative against any negative situation in our life.
Each time you feel distressed, read this psalm and accompany it with your prayers, reminding yourself and those around you, that God’s judgment and His arrival are near, and that only with His powerful hand can we get out of any of the complicated situations that come our way in life.
1 Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvellous 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 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.
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