We will begin this lesson by giving chapter 98 of Psalms in

                   THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN METRE

                             Chapter 98

Verse 1  "O SING a new song to the Lord, For wonders he hath done; His
         right hand and his holy arm Him victory hath won."
Verse 2  "The great salvation wrought by him, Jehovah hath made known;
         His justice in the heathen's sight He openly hath shown."
Verse 3  "He mindful of his grace and truth To Isr'el's house hath
         been; The great salvation of our God All ends of earth have
Verse 4  "Let all the earth unto the Lord Send forth a joyful noise;
         Lift up your voice aloud to him, Sing praises, and rejoice."
Verse 5  "With harp, with harp, and voice of psalms,   Unto JEHOVAH
         sing: With trumpets, cornets, gladly sound Before the Lord
         the King."
Verse 6  "Let seas and all their fulness roar; The world, and dwellers
         there; Let floods clap hands, and let the hills Together joy
Verse 7  "Before the Lord; because he comes, To judge the earth comes
         he; He'll judge the world and people all With truth and

     We will now begin the verse by verse study of chapter 98 of
Psalms. Psalms 98:1 "{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."

     Jesus is the Right Hand of God. He is, also, the Holy Arm. This
Psalm is, possibly, a praise of the One who set up His kingdom with
such awe in the last Psalm. Now, we are looking at the personage of
the Holy One who is the LORD. We know that Jesus won the victory over
Satan on the cross at Calvary. Sin was defeated on the cross, and
death was defeated when Jesus rose from the grave. The victory of both
were actually won on the cross. When Jesus said, it is finished, all
of His work was done. The rising from the grave just gave a visual
example that death could not hold Him or His followers. There is much
to sing for. This setting up of His kingdom means joy unspeakable for
His followers. We really should be singing and joyful now because the
victory is already won. All of the great and wonderful preparations He
has made for His followers, speak of His marvellous workings.

     Psalms 98:2 "The LORD hath made known his salvation: his
righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen."

     When Jesus came and opened the way for the Gentiles to be saved
along with the Jews, it was a new day. Salvation is a free gift from
God to man. Man [of his own efforts} could never have been saved. God
saw the frailty of man and made a way for us to be saved. The
salvation through belief in Jesus Christ was offered to all {whosoever
will}. The righteousness of Christ that we take upon our being is,
also, a free gift. We give Jesus our sin upon His body, and He gives
us His righteousness to be clothed in. Praise God! What a wonderful

     Psalms 98:3 "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."

     Not just Israel, but every nation of the world, can partake of
the salvation that Jesus offered us. Revelation 5:9 "And they sung a
new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the
seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy
blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;"
Jesus came first to the house of Israel. He preached, healed the sick,
gave sight to the blind, delivered them from evil spirits, and even
gave His flesh on the cross for them. Romans 11:25 "For I would not,
brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should
be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to
Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in."  God is not
finished, He will remove the scales from their eyes, and they will
believe. Some from all nations will be saved, even Israel.

     Psalms 98:4 "Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all the earth:
make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise."

     We must not sing half-hearted praises to our God. We should sing
with everything within us. Great honor and praise must go to the Lord
of all the earth, when He takes over to reign. We get excited about
other things, why not get the most excited with the One who purchased
your eternal life for you? It would not even be out of line to shout a
little with your rejoicing. What a glad day that will be, when we see
Jesus. I get excited now just talking about it. It seems to me that
mankind better expresses himself in song than any other way. Music
sets the pace for what is in your heart.

     Psalms 98:5 "Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and
the voice of a psalm."

     Some believe that musical instruments should not be used to
worship God, but I believe that is what musical instruments were made
for. One of the most touching things that I have experienced in my
Christian walk, was one night when a young man played {The Old Rugged
Cross} on his harmonica. I cried unashamedly.

     Psalms 98:6 "With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful
noise before the LORD, the King."

     We should proclaim joy throughout the land on the trumpet, and
the coronet. There should be mighty playing of the trumpet to proclaim
our Lord King. There should be such power in our praise and worship
with song and instrument that it would be heard in heaven itself.

     Psalms 98:7 "Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the
world, and they that dwell therein."

     The sea, many times, means the masses of people. I believe even
the physical sea will rejoice. The waters had been turning to
wormwood, and I believe the sea will be restored to freshness at this
time. Why would it not rejoice with all the world. Let everything that
hath breath, praise the Lord of all. This will not be just mankind but
all of God's creation will rejoice.

     Psalms 98:8 "Let the floods clap [their] hands: let the hills be
joyful together"

     God has promised never to destroy the whole world with a flood
again. We know that even the rocks would have shouted out praises, if
David had not danced and praised God before the ark of the covenant.
Why could not a mountain praise God, as well? There will be no more
battles where the blood runs in the mountains. There is peace on all
the earth. The King of Peace reigns.

     Psalms 98:9 "Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth:
with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with

     All of this rejoicing has been before the Lord of all the earth.
The angels proclaimed His coming to the shepherds in the field when He
came as a baby in a manger. Now this is to announce His coming as
King, so trumpets must blow, and voices must praise, and knees must
bow to the King of all the earth. There will be no unequal judgement
from Him.  His judgement will be righteous. There will be no special
favors to the rich and those in high office. All will be judged with
the same set of rules. His judgement is true and fair and forgiving.
The believers in Christ who stand before Him will be judged by the
righteousness they are clothed with. Those who refused Him as their
Saviour will be judged by the law of God. Our cry should be Hallelujah
to our King.

                             Questions 97

1.  Why are we to sing unto the Lord a new song?
2.  What has gotten Him the victory?
3.  Who is the Holy Arm?
4.  When did Jesus win the victory over Satan?
5.  Why should we already be singing joyful songs to the Lord?
6.  His righteousness had been openly shown before whom?
7.  Salvation is a free gift from ___ to ____.
8.  Who was salvation offered to?
9.  What was the wonderful trade that Jesus made with us?
10. Quote Revelation chapter 5 verse 9.
11. Who was the salvation message first brought to?
12. Who is to make a joyful noise unto the Lord?
13. How does He want us to sing to Him?
14. How does mankind better express himself than any other way?
15. Verse 5 says to use what kind of instrument?
16. What does the author think that musical instruments were made for?
17. What two instruments are specifically mentioned in verse 6?
18. There should be such power in our praise and worship that it could
    be heard where?
19. What does the sea have to rejoice about?
20. What does the sea symbolize many times?
21. Let everything that hath _____, praise the Lord.
22. God has promised never to destroy the world again by a _______.
23. What would have praised God, if David had not?
24. How will He judge the earth?
25. Will some be shown special favor?
26. What will He judge those who rejected salvation with?