The Psalms

Psalm 98

The psalmist exhorts the Jews, 1-3, the Gentiles, 4-6, and all the creatures to praise God, 7-9.

1 [A Psalm.]

O sing to the LORD a new song,/
for he has done marvelous things./
His right hand and his holy arm/
have gotten him the victory.

The LORD has made his salvation known./
His righteousness he has openly shown/
in the sight of the heathen.

He has remembered his mercy and his truth/
toward 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./
Make a loud noise, rejoice, and sing praise.

Sing to the LORD with the harp,/
with the harp and the voice of a psalm.

With trumpets and the sound of the horn/
make a joyful noise before the LORD, the King.

Let the sea roar and its fullness,/
the world and those who dwell therein.

Let the floods clap their hands./
Let the hills be joyful together,

Before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth./
With righteousness he will judge the world,/
and the people with equity.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 98[➚]


John Calvin's Chapter Summary:

This psalm has a great resemblance to the ninety-sixth, not only in matter, but language. The great scope of it is to show that the glory of God would be illustriously displayed in the spread of the knowledge of his name throughout the world, both from the more ample fulfillment which would be given upon the manifestation of the Savior, to the promises made to the posterity of Abraham, and from the sudden extension of salvation to all parts of the earth. He calls upon men to magnify the name of God on this account.