The sermon concentrated on the exuberance of the psalmist in praising God. However there are several other significant topics in this psalm we could have addressed.
- We could have spent more time discussing the term “new song”. What’s God doing/done in our lives that we could sing about?
- “Righteousness” seems to be a theme with God’s righteousness mentioned in v2 & v9.
- What do verses 4-6 say about worshiping God? Should worship today be “jubilant” and what would that look like?
- Would our attitude toward God’s creation change if we gave more emphasis to the concept that creation praises God?
- Do we look forward to God judging the world? If not, why not? Why should we be excited about the return of Jesus?
Songs from the Psalm
This is a bonus section listing songs inspired by, or brought to mind by, this psalm. Special thanks to Brian Casey for his input…I only came up with one song!!
- Shout to the Lord (Hillsong)
- Joy to the World
- Marvelous (Youth song – starts with sopranos singing “He has done marvelous”)
- All Things Praise Thee
- Almighty (Wayne Watson)
- Clap Your Hands (Charley LeBlanc)
- Clap Your Hands, All Ye Peoples (1960s?)
- Come Let Us Sing (… with joy to the Lord.)
- Come, Let us All Unite To Sing (Songs of Faith & Praise)
- For the Beauty of the Earth
- Great is the Lord (M.W. Smith)
- Hallelujah! Praise Jehovah! (also Ps. 148 )
- Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
- Let Ev’ry Heart Rejoice and Sing
- Let the Lord Be Praised, O Zion
- O Praise the Lord
- Praise the Lord! Ye Heav’ns, Adore Him
- Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
- Rejoice in the Lord Always (round)
- Saints of God, Rejoice and Sing (GS, II)
- Sing Praise to God Who Reigns Above
- The Joy of the Lord (Twila Paris)
Okay, now it’s over to you. What thoughts do you have about Psalm 98, the questions above or the songs?