(9 verses, 1:00 to read)
What I am about to READ
Psalm 98 is one of the most famous Psalms in the psalter and has been set to numerous chants and hymns through the centuries. It praises the Lord who works salvation and exalts his mighty works in the earth.
MARK and LEARN
Vs. 1 The term right hand was a Hebrew idiom which meant the place of power or strength. King David was thought of as God’s right hand, and Jesus sits at God’s right hand, both places of power and favor.
Vs. 3 All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God – Not only would God save his people, but the entire world would see him accomplish this. Salvation is not a private affair but a powerful manifestation of God to the nations. See Zechariah’s song in Luke 2 regarding Jesus!
Vss 4-8 – All creation praises the God of Israel. Not only his people praise God but the very rivers and seas and hills will praise God! All creation groans for salvation and deliverance and once it is accomplished they will exult.
Vs. 9 – God will come to judge with righteousness. God’s coming to judge is not an occasion for fear but one of celebration that the final consummation of all things is at hand and that we who love His appearing will be with him in glory.
Lord Jesus, what a wonderful psalm for this Adventide! When you came as the baby boy of Bethlehem you came as our salvation, and when the Magi came and worshipped you in your home you did indeed manifest yourself to the nations, even those godless nations who did not seek you. Help us to see your glory and salvation in crèche and cross, water, bread and wine, that on the last day when the hills and rivers praise your final coming we may be found looking for your coming and awaiting your final salvation. Amen.