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Sunday, July 3, 2016

PSALM 98
 
I will try not to make this blog longer than the Psalm, but probably won't succeed.  So, to keep it short, just join in singing to the Lord a brand spanking new song...
 


 
"O sing to the Lord a new song..."
(verse 1)
 
"Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre;
With the lyre and the sound of melody. 
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
Shout joyfully before the King, the Lord.
(verses 4-6)
 
 
And if that's not enough, the deeps and the dirt will break forth...
 
"Let the sea roar and all it contains,
The world and those who dwell in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands;
Let the mountains sing together for joy
("I go to the hills at the sound of music")
Before the Lord..."
(verses 7-9)
 


 
I have an old drum set in my garage getting dusty.  I have tried to give it away, to no avail.  Wait!  In fact I may have found a new home for it with a drum-loving two year old whose dad may be crazy, but will do anything to let his child respond with joyful noise in a pounding racket.

 
"A new song, a song of excellence.  Give him the highest praise."
Why? Because,
"His work was a work of power and holiness."


 
"He hath done marvelous things
(wonderful things, miracles, wonders)
 
"He has opened His greatness and goodness in the work of redemption. What marvels has not Christ done?  1.  He was conceived by the Holy Ghost.  2.  Born of a virgin.  3.  Healed all manner of diseases.  4.  Fed thousands with a few loaves and fishes.  5.  Raised the dead.  6.  And what was more marvelous, died Himself.  7.  Rose again by His own power.  8.  Ascended to heaven.  9.  Sent down the Holy Ghost.  10.  Made His apostles and their testimony the instruments of enlightening, and ultimately converting the world." (Adam Clarke)

 
 
"This Psalm is an evident prophecy of Christ's coming to save the world;
and what is here foretold by David is, in the Blessed Virgin's song, (the Magnificant,) 
chanted forth as being accomplished.  David is the voice, Mary is the Echo." (Adam Clarke)
 
David, the Voice:  O sing unto the Lord a new song
Mary, the Echo: My soul doth magnify the Lord.
Voice: He hath done marvelous things.
Echo: He that is mighty hath done great things.
Voice: With His own right hand and holy arm hath He gotten Himself the victory.
Echo: He hath shewed strength with His arm
and scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
Voice: The Lord hath made known His salvation; His righteousness hath He openly shewed...
Echo: His mercy is on them that fear Him, from generation to generation.
Voice: He hath remembered His mercy and His truth toward the house of Israel.
Echo: He hath (helped) His servant Israel in remembrance of His mercy.






 "His right hand and His holy arm hath gotten Him the victory."
This is like the ending of the previous Psalm in 97:12...
"Give thanks at the remembrance of His holiness."




"His right hand"
(God's not left-handed)
 
This imagery makes me think of a strong Father with his children gleefully holding on and swinging on his muscled arm with feet off the ground trying and laughing, but being unable to pull His strong arm down.  Adam Clarke puts it, "It was His holy arm--no bloody sword, but a holy hand to do a holy work.  He got Himself the victory--over sin, Satan, death, and hell."


 
"At the remembrance of His holiness."  "But why should you give thanks at the remembrance that God is holy?  Because He has said, 'Be ye holy; for I am holy:'  and in holiness alone, true happiness is to be found.  'As He, therefore, who that called you is holy; so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.'  False Christians hate the doctrine of Christian holiness: they are willing to be holy in Another, but not holy in themselves.  There is too much cross-bearing and self-denial in the doctrine of holiness for them.  A perfect heart they neither expect nor wish." (Adam Clarke)




 
"Remember the good He has done you, the grace He has bestowed on you, and the holiness you may yet receive from Him:--and rejoice in the encouragement, and give thanks.  Rejoice that ye may be holy, for in that your happiness consists." (Adam Clarke)


 
"for He is coming."
 
He came and He will come again to "judge the earth;
He will judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with equity (uprightness)."
(verse 9)
 


As much as some don't like to think of any condemnation or judgment to come, it makes me thankful that God will only allow those to inhabit heaven with righteousness and uprightness.
Right now there is a squawk in our community that the state is trying to force us to house a violent sex offender, one who was once deemed not able to be rehabilitateable.  Criminals have ways around ankle bracelets, believe you me.  No one wants him in their neighborhood, walking by our schools to go to any store, right past where my son, my granddaughter and grandson will be going to school. 

 
Our King is coming and "let all men rejoice, as He comes to destroy evil, to root out incorrigible sinners, and to make a new heaven and a new earth...and there shall be nothing crooked, oblique, or savouring of iniquity in it."  (Adam Clarke)

 
Heaven will not have a whiff of sin in it. 
Won't that be the day!
Rejoice!!!


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