study guide – psalm 98


Psalm98
1 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.
2 The Lord has made his salvation known
    and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
3 He has remembered his love
    and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.

 

What "marvelous things" are listed in verses 1-3?


Why do you think that many of the psalms suggest it is important to "sing a new song"?


What other marvelous things has the Lord done? Take a moment to recall several from Scripture or from your own life.


4 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
    burst into jubilant song with music;
5 make music to the Lord with the harp,
    with the harp and the sound of singing,
6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
    shout for joy before the Lord, the King.


According to verses 4-6, what kind of "new song" does this psalm suggest? Describe the details of what this "new song" would be like.


If this psalm were written today, would it suggest different instruments? If so, which instruments do you think this psalm would suggest?


7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
    let the mountains sing together for joy;
9 let them sing before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples with equity. NIV


What other sound-makers does this "new song" continue to enlist? 


What part do humans play in this "new song" symphony?


How does God's judgment as a reason for the psalm relate to the reasons in verses 1-3?


::::: Equipping Challenge :::::

Take specific time today to sing a "new song" about the Lord. Perhaps find a new worship song on iTunes or take a walk outdoors and "sing" along with the creation to God.


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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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