PSALM 98#A hymn, similar to Ps 96, extolling God for Israel’s victory (Ps 98:1–3). All nations (Ps 98:4–6) and even inanimate nature (Ps 98:7–8) are summoned to welcome God’s coming to rule over the world (Ps 98:9).
The Coming of God
Sing a new song to the Lord,
for he has done marvelous deeds.#a. [98:1] Ps 96:1; Is 42:10.
His right hand and holy arm
have won the victory.#Marvelous deeds…victory: the conquest of all threats to the peaceful existence of Israel, depicted in the Psalms variously as a cosmic force such as sea, or nations bent on Israel’s destruction, or evildoers seemingly triumphant. His right hand and holy arm: God is pictured as a powerful warrior.#b. [98:1] Is 59:16; 63:5.
2The Lord has made his victory known;
has revealed his triumph in the sight of the nations,
3He has remembered his mercy and faithfulness
toward the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.
4Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth;
break into song; sing praise.
5Sing praise to the Lord with the lyre,
with the lyre and melodious song.
6With trumpets and the sound of the horn
shout with joy to the King, the Lord.#c. [98:6] Ps 47:6–7.
7Let the sea and what fills it resound,#d. [98:7] Ps 96:11.
the world and those who dwell there.
8Let the rivers clap their hands,
the mountains shout with them for joy,#e. [98:8] Is 44:23; 55:12.
9#f. [98:9] Ps 96:13.Before the Lord who comes,
who comes to govern the earth,#g. [98:9] Ps 67:5.
To govern the world with justice
and the peoples with fairness.