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Psalms, chapter 98


God is just and merciful.Ask the Lord to convert our fears in joy.

Our Bible reading for today is from Psalms 98, the verse of reference in  is: 

 “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. (Psalms 98:9 NIV).

Challenge:

Praise God for his judgments are fair. 

Historical commentary. – Psalm 98 is a hymn and poetry listed as enthronement psalms or psalms of Yahweh’s kingship. Start with a call to worship, then presents the motives or reasons for worship. The connection between royalty and the holiness and justice of the Lord are established in these Psalms (93:5, 94:15, 21, 23, 95:7, 96:9, 13). How can one blend together joy and trials in a single song that present human error with divine justice and harmonize it in this way? The answer is that salvation has already been accomplished (98:1-3): the God of holiness (97:12) that calls for his people to holiness is part of a holy God (98:1) that brings salvation.

God will judge the world. – We are urged to change our misconceptions about divine judgment. Most believe that God is a tyrant “god”, vindictive, cruel and willing to take our lives if needs be. However, in this psalm we sing praises to God for His judgments are merciful: “Both the redeemed and all the works of nature await with anticipation the ineffable redeeming the time of trial. The coming of Christ has opened the kingdom of justice, has inspired the most sublime and moving accents of the sacred writers. The poets and prophets of the Bible spoke of her with celestial fire burning words. The psalmist sang the power and majesty of the King of Israel: “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence … Shall call to the heavens, and the earth, to judge His people. “” Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth … before the LORD cometh, yea, he comes to judge the earth. Judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with his truth “Psalm 50:2-4, 96:11-13 CS 344.
David argues that God’s judgments are just, It is falling into the hands of God, whose compassion is large, which fall into the hands of men (1 Chronicles 21:13). 

Prayer 

Dear father and merciful judge. We express our praise because You come to judge the earth. We ask you to change our fear into absolute confidence in your immeasurable forgiveness, love, mercy and justice. We put our lives in your arms of love. In the name of Jesus, amen.

By Dr. Franz Rios and Pablo Rios
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