Psalm 98 (Shout to the Lord)

Psalm 98:4-6 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music; make music to the LORD with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing, with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

There is a lot of noise these days.  A lot of noise that shouts at us for our attention.  Noise about the virus, noise about a second wave, noise about whether to re-open or not, noise about the stock market, noise about what’s happening in our world.  There’s a lot of shouting going on among health experts, politicians and civilians. Maybe there’s been some shouting in your home, as the quarantine is wearing on your family members. 

In the midst of all the shouting and noise, there are two things we can do as followers of Christ.  Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God.”  We can drown out the noise by our silence before God.  But we can also do what Psalm 98 says, “Shout for joy to the Lord…shout for joy before the LORD, the King.”  We can also drown out the noise by our shouts of worship.  In many ways, these are the same things.  It is a recognition that there is a God, and He is the Lord and He is the King.  Sometimes we recognize this in our times of quiet and prayer.  Sometimes we need to shout it out and declare this truth with worship.

So often in the Old Testament, the Israelites went out to battle led by the worshippers.  They were the first line of offense and defense.  They would carry trumpets and wage war with worship.  Joshua’s army did that. Gideon’s army did that. Jehoshaphat’s army did that.  We need to do that.  We need to wage war against discouragement, doubt and despair, with the sounds of worship.   It is our declaration that Jesus always has the final word, for He is the King.

I’ve been meditating with my boys on a Psalm before we go to bed.  A few nights ago, we read Psalm 92, which begins with “It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, proclaiming your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.”

Since it was nighttime, we decided to actually sing of His faithfulness, and so we sang “The Goodness of God.”  We sang of His faithfulness, His goodness and His mercy that never fails.  And it truly was good to praise the Lord.  It was good for our souls, as we went to sleep. Today, I encourage you to worship- to sing and to shout to the Lord, the King.  You’ll find it to be good for your soul as well, in the midst of all the noise.

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