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An Exuberant Praise Song

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January 28, 2022 7:00 am

An Exuberant Praise Song

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January 28, 2022 7:00 am

Dr. James Boice called Psalm 98 a noisy, effervescent Psalm of praise from beginning to end and the most joyful Psalm in the Bible. Listen in as Dr. Boice studies a Psalm that simply praises God for who He is and what He’s done.

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The Psalms cover a multitude of emotions and conditions of the heart from depression and anxiety to faith and trust, but only one Psalm is given over entirely to the praise and worship of our God and welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically as God's people raise their instruments and voices in praise the sound from the temple was deafening. It could be heard far and wide, this almost however didn't just call upon Israel to praise her God. He also called the nations of the earth and all creation to raise their voices in worship. Let's join Dr. Boyce as he examines Psalm 98 and challenges the church to enthusiastically praise our God is a very well-known and frequently quoted passage from the book of Ecclesiastes.

It's probably the only well known and frequently quoted passage from the book of Ecclesiastes, but it goes like this. There is a time for everything.

A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn the time to dance. I suppose a reason that is so frequently quoted is that it applies to so many circumstances of life.

There are indeed happy times and sad times. And even as we have been studying the Psalms together. We found that to be true. Many of these Psalms deal with Sam times they talk about sin.

The despair and loneliness. And when we study those songs that we do it with any empathy at all way, somewhat subdued ever defeated. We always rejoice that we have a Savior. Nevertheless, with a great consciousness of our sin or our loneliness, and quite often our failures and feet.

Well, that sometimes the case, but that is not the case today that they were looking at Psalm 98 and Psalm 98 is one of the most joyful songs in the Bible Psalm, which I've called an exuberant praise song is noisy, effervescent song of praise from beginning to end now in church tradition. Psalm 98 is known as the Cantata a Domino from the first two words in Latin, which brings sing to the Lord in the book of common prayer which is used in the Anglican and Episcopal churches follows the reading of the first lesson for the evening service and that means because that is read Sunday after Sunday and churches in this traditional medicine known and probably thoroughly memorized by many millions of people like Psalm 96 we studied Psalm 96 already. If you look back and compare them. You'll find that there much alike. Both begin and end the same way but the Psalm Psalm 98 is given entirely to praise comparison with the heathen on the fact that they don't know God and don't know how to price it doesn't tell us anything about how to pray as we got mad. Another Psalms was simply praise the God's point of minor and perhaps incidental interest that this is the only Psalm in the Psalter that's prefaced with the Hebrew word Ms. Moore which means Saul. I don't know if that means anything, but if it does, it might suggest that the best of all praise Psalm should be like this one.

Now we outline that John Stott has a very useful outline you notice after three stanzas in the new international version that's of valid very useful way of dividing it. He calls the first of those stanzas God the Savior. Verses 1 to 3 and the second stanza God. The king verses four through six in the third stanza God, the judge versus 7 to 9. You notice that those are emphases as you look through it, but on the other hand, they can also be understood as a swelling expansion of the praise that's being offered. What I mean by this is that the first stanza calls on Israel to praise God, second stanza calls about all the nations of the praise God in the final stanza turns to creation itself.

What we would call the cosmos, and he calls upon creation to praise God.

The first event last stanzas captured very well at one of our hymns come, let us sing under the Lord, which is a rendering of the Psalm.

It goes like this, let the earth be glad those more on the wall from shore to shore lip plugs clap hands with one accord in hills, rejoice before the Lord. A sampling of the poetry captures the exuberant tone of the Psalm. Actually, there are three well-known hymns based on the Psalm new sands of celebration rendered by a man whose name is Eric Rockley, the sing of the Lord, which is the one I just quoted is found in the associate Reform center in 1931, and best of all, and perhaps surprising to many people. Joy to the world, the Lord is come a great him by Isaac Watts.

I suppose there's no better way of proving that this is a joyful Psalm on to say that that greatest and most joyful Christian hymns and Carol's is based upon it. The sword really is a great one with which to praise God now. I pointed out that each of these three stanzas calls upon one part of creation or mankind to praise God and in the first instance first reverses this is Israel reason.

Well, verse three he that is, God has remembered his love and his faithfulness to the house of Israel well remembered is in the past tense.

He has remembered South Butler probably understood and from lab is that it's referring to some act of past deliverance that God exerted on behalf of the people were not told what this was.

There's no sure way of finding out commentators who date this particular block of Sam's is rather late in the history of Israel Old Testament. Would say well this is probably the return of the Jews from their exile and babbling to their own land that may be true but again, as I say there's no sure way of knowing is not enough data here to figure it out. What is certain is that this salvation or deliverance was a victory of some sort. That's because the word for salvation you find that occurs there once in each of the first reverses can also be translated victory which is in fact in the King James version rendering of verse one is granted as a victory of what you find there. So if I could referred to what I said. Several studies ago is because of this new active deliverance of this new victory that the people are to sing a new song about the good that we don't know what that victory was or have any tools for trying to figure it out because if we did, we spent a lot of time trying to figure out what it was a what's important for us is to understand the victory that God has made for us of the deliverance that God is given to us through Jesus Christ. That's the thing that we want to sing a new song for and as a matter of fact we find in the book of Revelation that that's exactly what the saints are doing in heaven. Their singing a new song to God because of God's victory or deliverance on their behalf. What is it when we next to the Bible as a whole, especially the New Testament we find that it speaks of three different kinds of victory or three areas in which victory is been achieved.

First of all there's deliverance from sin through the greatest problem that you and I face and said by the lack of self-esteem or a lack of achievement, but sent on. The problem is we just can't come correct. Sin separates and sin destroys and separates us from God and it destroys relationships in the end it will bring us to that final place of all separation which is how silent the question is this who is to save us from our sin. We look to the world that we don't find any help there.

The world can't solve its own problems. And even if it quipped this would mean anything in terms of our standing before God and it's with God.

We have to deal with it to ourselves we don't find any help there either. If we could conquer our sin we would do it but we can't. Instead, sin lives within us, and it drives us down and we find ourselves saying, much as the apostle Paul quotes himself as saying in the seventh chapter of Romans. When I want to do good evening was right there with me when wretched man I am ever deliver me from this body of death, then the very next verse gives the answer. He says thanks be to God, the Lord Jesus Christ begins to explain how God does that in the eighth chapter we just read what he says there at the beginning of Romans eight. Therefore there is now no condemnation for those are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.

What the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering.

So he condemned sin in sinful man in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met. Can also do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the spirit that deliverance from sin this in three stages.

First of all there's deliverance from sin's penalty requires judgment from God.

But Jesus Christ took our penalty died in our place.

So now there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. Second is deliverance from sin's power. Jesus saved this not so we might remain in our sins. With so we might be delivered from our sins. That's why Paul says that now the righteous requirements of the law can be fully met in us. Finally, as he says, a little later on in the chapter, there is deliverance even from sin's presence because he speaks care of our glorification when we are going to be made like the Lord Jesus Christ in his reflections so we have deliverance from sin.

Secondly, the Bible talks about deliverance from death glorification UC embraces bad idea because it implies deliverance from death. Death is an enemy of our great enemy. According to the Bible. But even though we are appointed to die once we look forward to our resurrection from the dead because of the victory over death achieved by Jesus Christ and his resurrection. Paul writes about this in the New Testament. First Corinthians 15, especially death has been swallowed up in victory. Again he says he gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ just because of Christ's victory. We no longer fear death, but instead were enabled to live obediently and fairly knowing that when we die we will go to be with Jesus. Paul said in another place to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Thirdly, there's deliverance from Satan is the third kind of deliverance is emphasized in the New Testament.

It's deliverance from Satan's power to go back to the first book of the Bible third chapter of Genesis, you find a great promise. There many of sin.

God has come to pronounces judgment in speaking to the serpent that pronouncing a judgment upon him, but in the middle of the judgment against the promise of a Redeemer is to come. And this is what he says he is a Redeemer, Jesus will crush your head as the head of Satan. And you, Satan will strike his heel. Jesus did it at the cross, defeated Satan.

Even though Satan wounded him temporarily as it were in the process. The atonement broke Satan's power, which was the power of sin and death of Jesus victory over Satan enables us to be victors to the power of Christ. We don't have to fear him. James says submit yourselves then to God.

Resist the devil and he will flee from you. If we submit ourselves to God in Jesus Christ. As far as the outcome of the battle goes return of the book of Revelation, we see there the saints we read I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire standing beside the sea there were those who had been victorious over the beast and his image, we have deliverance from sin, deliverance from death and deliverance from Satan.

We point out that there are some striking parallels between the Psalm Psalm 98 and Mary's magnificent thought which we have recorded in the Gospel of Luke probably means they welcoming Mary was aware of this law, and to some extent follow the flow of its ideas that she compose her own Magnificat for me to show you how it works and 98 singing to the Lord a new song by difficult my soul praises the Lord.

Psalm 98, for he has done marvelous things like never caught the mighty one is done great things for me. Psalm 98, his right hand that is clearly our work salvation for them Magnificat. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm. Psalm 98 lead is made to salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nation by difficult his mercy extends to those who fear him from generation to generation. Again, all 98. He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to the house of Israel Magnificat. He has helped his servant Israel remembering the merciful. See Mary was very aware of the birth of Jesus Christ bench three of the people of God over sin and death and Satan in the treasury of David, which is that great collection of material on the Psalms by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher this a story of something that happened in a little church in the country of Tyrone small why good boy appeared in that church Sunday by Sunday and sat right in the middle of one of the pews paying very close attention to what the pastor was saying pastor wanted to get to talk to him because he seemed so attentive, but he would always slip away never was able to find out who the boy was qualified came in this little fella was absent for a number of weeks and pastor to know what happened but one day a man came and knocked at the pastor's door and said I come ask a favor of you and I'm almost ashamed to ask it because I live 6 miles away, but I would like you to come and see my son was dying. He speaks in a strange white talking about things that I don't really understand and you're the only one he says that he is willing to say so. The pastor agreed to do that.

He started out he trudged along rural road and drenching rain. He finally arrived at this house a little horrible talk into a desolate mountain valley. The man would come to see and was waiting at the doorway when inside. He said that little boy lying on a straw mat in the corner when the little boy Psalm, he raised himself up. He stretched out his frail little arms and he said building Psalm one his own right hand in his holy arm have gotten in the victory. Almost immediately after that little boy died a great victory is been achieved for us by Jesus Christ. What a wonderful thing it is that he's able to instill such conquering faith even in the child must answer to hear God is praised as King, which is why the Psalm is included in this particular block of Psalms 93 to 100 have to do with God as King first stanza praised him as Savior and called on the people of Israel to sing a new song to him. This stands that views him as King only of Israel but of the whole earth and the calls upon all nations to join in singing shout for joy to the Lord all the burst into jubilant song with music make music to the Lord with a heart with a harp and the sound of singing with trumpets in the blast of the ram's horn shout for joy before the Lord the King most striking feature that stands is something we seen before going to see it again mainly the desire of the psalmists that the worship of God. Be joyful, and above all loud. One of the commentators on the Psalms Marvin Tate says the noise of the temple worship was legendary on the words. Everybody knew about you read about it in the Old Testament and second Chronicles 29, for example, rest with three, and that second passage, Ezra 3 were told that the people were so happy and the sound of the instruments was so loud in their shop so exuberant that all of this was hard very far away.

I asked the question, shouldn't the worship of God's people be exuberant today should we do not know deliverance from sin and death and Satan through Jesus Christ be any less exuberant and joyful and I worship them where the Jewish people of old to be ashamed any lackluster worship or any halfhearted praise in the church of Jesus Christ. Methodists are well known for their singing that one reason for that is what they were told to do by John Wesley and his followers sing lustfully and sing with good courage. Beware of singing as if you were half dead or asleep, but lift up your voice with strength no more afraid of your voice now. No more ashamed of it being hard. Then when you song songs of Satan. Well, all of us have great voices but I don't think the Angels find poor voices offensive when they are used in the praise of our great God. Stanza 3/stanza is poetic and in some ways it's the most unexpected because in it and very beautiful language. The psalmist calls upon the entire creation. Praise God. So in the first stanza is asking Israel to praise God in the second stanza. He's turning to the nations and asking them to praise God in this sands, he turns to the creation or as we would say the cosmos and the reason is that God is coming to judge the world in righteousness, and the people with equity. Verse nine other song closes by looking ahead to that future day when the ills of the suffering world are going to be set right.

And we know that that is the day of the return of Jesus Christ. This dreadful future liberation of the cosmos is something that Paul develops and explains for us in that eighth chapter of Romans, to which I referred earlier verses 19 through 21, the creation he says waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one is subjected it in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God is versus Paul is personifying the jury doesn't mean the creation itself.

Physical things that we see out there materialistic things somehow have feelings. The way human beings that we start saying that all but he's saying by personifying nature that is incomplete and there's a sense in which nature is not going to enter into the fullness of what God intended it to be, until Christ returns quite different from the way the world looks at nature, the world today. The secular world makes either one of two errors where the cosmos is concerned either deer flies nature, virtually worshiping it, which is why some people I suppose.

Think gets worse to harm the environment for respondent miles than to abort babies for the world, regardless nature is evolving toward perfection, accompanied by the human race which is also evolving. I referred on other occasions to that classic scene on the television program cosmos were Carl Sagan is pictured standing against the representation of the starry heavens in all their glory, and he saying in almost reverential tones.

The cosmos is all that is the never was of that ever will be that representation. Carl Sagan is the picture of the very image of unbelieving man standing on the very tips of his toes, staring out into the distance as far as telescopes can reach and saying the pad was in the eighth chapter of Romans is something similar, but also quite different. He also picture something standing on its toes, but it's not man looking into the distance. It's creation itself what the creation is earnestly looking for as it looks beyond itself is the glorious freedom of the children of God in which it will share in other words, creation itself wants to praise God and will, according to Paul's teaching and this song will make another error which is not entirely different from the first nighters of that season nature, some kind of a perfecting principal as if there's something intrinsic and things it says everything's going to get better and better talking about that in a physical way. That's the power behind the theory of evolution. If you're talking about it in terms of the human personality Society of inevitable perfection in every day in every way I am getting better and better because were not.

That's only whistling in the dark. Even given millions of years, which is what some of the evolutionists anthropologists like Leakey give us even given a lifetime event and seem to be much improvement in the nature of man and never has been and never will be a part Jesus Christ.

That's a libelous perspective on nature is very balanced and it goes like this. Three points. First of all, this is God's world God made it says therefore we better respected to not abuse it or not to treat it irresponsibly, but responsively number two. The world is not what it was created to be spent subjected to troubles as the result of human sin and God's judgment on man at the time of the fall. It's been subjected to frustration, bondage and decay regarding the Paul's teaching in Romans. Nevertheless, number three world one day be renewed by CS Lewis describes that the first of the Narnia books lion the witch and the wardrobe. You know Bobby does not the world that is describing is under the power of the wicked witch and what that means is that it's always winter spring never come when Azlan represents Christ is raised from the dead the world which has on the universe is broken and spring begins to come.

The ice melts flowers bloom, and the trees turned green, its political writing, but it describes something that's going to happen in some way. Rivers will indeed clap their hands. Mountains will indeed saying you and I are among the redeemed will certainly join in will be singing hi Lilia, the Lord God Almighty reigns. Father, we thank you for the teaching of the song.

We thank you for the joy that it communicates with thank you for the joy that we have because we are in Christ Jesus granted our worship of you are praise of you might never be lackluster, might always show something of the presence and joy of the Holy Spirit within the praise of the glory of Jesus Christ our Lord.


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