The Crescendo of Psalm 98

Oh sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
The LORD has made known his salvation;
he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together
before the LORD, for he comes
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.
(Psalm 98 ESV)

“Nature is given poetic description in the psalm.  Seas roar, rivers clap their hands, and hills sing, but the masterpiece is God’s saving his people.  The true celebration is in the restoring of an image bearer who reflects the steadfast love, faithfulness, righteousness, and justice of his God.  This means that for us to function as a mirror in which someone else can see God, we must see ourselves as interconnected, as living in community.”
(Bill Clem, Disciple, p. 71)

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