Psalm 98: Spontaneous Praise

What is “spontaneous” praise?

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Psalm 98:1 A Song
Sing spontaneous praise to the Lord, for he has done marvelous things. His unique strength has won the victory.
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Psalm 98:1 <A Psalm.> O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.

How is God’s righteousness and saving power obvious?

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Psalm 98:2 The Lord’s righteous judgment and saving power is obvious, shown in plain sight before the people.
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Psalm 98:2 The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.

How might people miss seeing God’s power?

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Psalm 98:2–3 The Lord’s righteous judgment and saving power is obvious, shown in plain sight before the people.
God remembered to be faithful and true to Israel so everyone on Earth can see his power of deliverance.
King James
Psalm 98:2–3 The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. 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 God.

What can hinder our praise, making it impossible to break forth in rejoicing?

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Psalm 98:4 Let everyone on Earth shout to the Lord with great joy. Break forth in rejoicing, without restraint singing praises to him.
King James
Psalm 98:4 Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

How do hymns and choruses support our praise? What hindrance might they be?

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Psalm 98:5 With the harps and sound of many strings, sing beautiful melodies.
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Psalm 98:5 Sing unto the LORD with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

How can instruments support our praise? What hindrance might they be?

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Psalm 98:6 Let the trumpets and horns make joyful sounds before our Lord and King.
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Psalm 98:6 With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise before the Lord, the King.

What does it mean to “roar” with the testimony of God’s greatness?

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Psalm 98:7 Let lands and seas and every living thing roar with its testimony of God’s greatness.
King James
Psalm 98:7 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

What is there about God’s judgment that gives us reason to rejoice? Why might people not be able to rejoice?

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Psalm 98:8–9 Let rivers and streams clap their hands. Let the mountains rejoice together, worshiping the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth with righteousness and truth.
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Psalm 98:8–9 Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.