The 98th psalm is another song of praise in the same vein as the 96th, in that it encourages the singing of “a new song” to the Lord. The psalm is composed of three stanzas of three verses each. The first set of verses extol the marvelous things that the Lord has done. His right hand and holy arm have worked salvation. He has kept His promises with faithfulness to His people; and all the ends of the earth have seen that salvation.
The second set of verses encourage making a joyful noise to the Lord over all the earth and breaking forth in joyous song, singing praises to the Lord. Then the third set of verses call forth to the created wonders of the earth itself to roar their own joyous noise. Jesus Himself, quoting Habakkuk 2:11, said in Luke 19:40 that the very stones would cry out if the people were silent. All creation should sing out in praise to the Creator of all, who will judge the earth with righteousness – and with fairness and equity to the people. This settles forever the question of for whom God’s word was written. It is for everyone!
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