The Psalms help us understand how to worship God. This week we will look at Psalms 101 (Preparation for worship), 100 (Worship through service), 99 (Worship through exaltation), and 98 (Worship through song).
Each of these Psalms build on each other.
Preparation, service, and exaltation, have been accomplished. Psalm 98 encourages us to worship the Lord in song.
Worship through song Psalm 98
“O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvelous 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.”
The culmination of our worship is to sing to the Lord. We are to sing, make a joyful noise, rejoice, and sing praise. We are to use the harp, trumpets, and cornets. We are to do it with exuberance.
When we worship God, it should be from our heartfelt appreciation for all God has done for us. We should be excited. Others should see that we are excited. There should be no doubt about what we are doing and why.
Is that how we worship God?
It is a fair question to ask. Many church’s and their members do not get very excited when they come to church. Quiet and reverent describes them.
However, when we read the Psalms, it seems that they were very upbeat and excited about their worship.
Something to think about.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001