King James Version of the
1 O sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done
things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath
gotten him the
2 The LORD hath made known his
he openly shewed in the sight of the
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
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
9 Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with
righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.1
1. A new song. See Ps. 33:3;
96:1. Verses 1-3
state the reasons for praising Jehovah. The psalm begins on a sublime note of praise.2
Marvellous things. General blessings and particular benefits (see Ex. 15:11, 21; Ps. 77:14).2
Right hand, and . . . arm.
Holy arm. Or, "arm of holiness," the power of His united moral
perfections (Ps 22:3;
Gotten him the victory. Literally, "made salvation," enabled Him to save
2. Hath made known. By acts of deliverance (see Isa. 52:10).2
The result of His righteousness (Ps 7:17; 31:1), and both are
Righteousness. His faithfulness in accomplishing this great
Openly. Literally, "before the eyes."2
Heathen. Or, "nations" (see on
God's acts were so public that all the nations around Israel could see His power (see
His mercy and his truth.
The union of mercy
and truth (Ps 57:3; 85:10) secure the blessings of the
promise (Gen 12:3; 18:18) to all the world (Isa 52:10).3
4. Verses 4-6 state the manner of praising Jehovah.
All the earth. The psalm is distinguished
by its universal appeal to all peoples.2
Make a loud noise. Or, "burst forth" (Isa 14:7; 44:23).3
Sing praise. Heb. zarmar, "make
melody," either with voice or instruments, or both. Spiritually
endowed creatures should consciously show forth the praise of God - men have voices with which to sound His praise and are gifted with the ability to make instruments with which to praise Him.2
A joyful noise. There are no "muted violins" here; "all the stops of the organ are pulled out in full diapason."2
Before the LORD, the King.
Hail Him as your sovereign; and while, with every aid to demonstrate zeal
and joy, intelligent creatures are invited to praise, as in
inanimate nature is also summoned to honour Him who triumphs and rules in
righteousness and equity.3
7. Sea roar. See
Verses 7-9 extend an invitation to all nature to join in the praise of Jehovah.2
8. Floods clap. A personification perhaps suggested by the breaking waves on the shore.2
Hills be joyful. Compare Ps. 65:9-13 for an exquisite picture of nature in all her beauty praising God.2
9. He cometh. See on
Ps. 96:13. The redeemed and all the works of nature look forward with unspeakable anticipation to the time of the redemptive judgment.2
References and notes
1. King James Authorized Version
Adventist Bible Commentary - Vol.3 pg 853, 854
3. Jamieson, Faussett, and Brown -
4. John Wesley's Notes on the Bible - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/psalm/wesley/psalm98.htm
Spurgeon' Treasury of
David - http://eword.gospelcom.net/comments/psalm/spurgeon/psalm98.htm