Text: Psalm 98
Introduction: PP: Johann Sabastian Bach, the great composer once said
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Music is such an important part of our lives. Think about it: Music is all around us:
Music touches our hearts and minds like nothing else… and I believe God intended it that way.
Over and over in the Bible we read:
I believe God tells us that for a least 3 reasons:
Song writers and musicians have been doing that… well, almost forever. Even in the church:
PP: Fanny Crosby: Wrote over 8000 hymns!
All new songs in her day, written and intended to be sung to the glory of God.
PP: Chris Tomlin: While not as a prolific songwriter as Fanny Crosby, has written and sung over 500 new songs to the Lord.
Two very different songwriter/musicians, who lived in two very different times in history and who had two very different styles of songs and singing.
But, there’s one more I want to mention who lived a bit earlier than either Crosby or Tomlin…His name was PP: Isaac Watts.
Background: (Dave McFadden) A young boy once complained to his father that most of the hymns they sang in church
tiresome tunes and meaningless words.
His father put an end to his son’s complaints by saying, “If you think you can write better hymns, then why don’t you?” The boy went to his room and wrote his first hymn, “When I Survey TheWondrous Cross.” The year was 1690, and that teenager was Isaac Watts who also wrote:
Did you know that Isaac Watts didn’t intend ‘Joy to the World’ to be a Christmas song? While it certainly is not wrong to sing it at Christmas, its real meaning is tied to Psalm 98.
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Please allow me one more moment before I get into our text for the morning.
So when the Christmas season is over, we just move on, we get back to the routine of life… whatever that may be for you.
So… I believe it’s fitting we end the Christmas Season, with Watt’s song ‘Joy to the World.’ Because though it, we can rediscover Life After Christmas,as we return to the concept of Advent.
It’s the advent theme of Jesus’ promised return, that fuels, not only Psalm 98, but the song ‘Joy to the World.
Transition: So, open your Bibles to Psalm 98.
Psalm 98:1-3 Be Joyful: God Reveals!
PP: Oh sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things! His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him. The Lord has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations. He has remembered His steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.
Psalm 98 is one of my favorite Psalms because it’s so full of praise, of shouting, of music, of clapping, of singing… of JOY! For Jesus’ promised return.
Verses 1-3 recount the first coming of Jesus to bring salvation to the world.
But, both Christmas carols and‘Joy to the World’ refer to the salvation that has come… in Jesus, as a result of God’s great love for humanity and His great faithfulness to His promises in the OT of the coming Messiah.
Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Joy to the world, God has done the work of salvation for us!
Psalm 98:4-6 Be Joyful: God Rules
PP: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody! With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!
Perhaps these verses best give root to Watt’s song ‘Joy to the World.’
Jot to the World the Lord has come, let earth receive her King.
Jesus has come.. again, in both the Psalm and the song, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords… let all the earth receive her King and rejoice!
It’s in verses 4-6 that our expression of joy, is commanded by God.
Friends, two things
First, God wants your life to be joy-ful!
The Apostle Paul in Romans 15:13 writes:
PP: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
There’s only fullness of joy in those who believe in Jesus.
Second, God has given us a variety of ways to express our joy. PP: Do you see it in verses 4-6?
Charles Spurgeon once said:
Break forth in joyous song…
Joy to the world, the Lord has come! Joy to the world, Jesus…is KING! Jesus reigns!
Psalm 98:7-9 Be Joyful: God Returns
PP: Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who dwell in it! Let the rivers clap their hands; let the hills sing for joy together before the Lord, for He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness, and the peoples with equity.
Jesus’ return will be great joy to those who believe in Him… It also includes the seas, the world, the rivers and hills.
Look, the reason we rejoice at Jesus’ return to judge the world is not because we want to see Jesus condemn people to Hell. But because Jesus will return to make all things right, and all things new.
But… that’s not the case for everyone. Here we again see Watt’s connection to Jesus’ second coming and to Psalm 98.
Certainly we don’t see that yet.
Certainly we don’t see that yet.
The apostle John put it this way in PP: (2 slides) Revelation 19:11-16 Then I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse! The one sitting on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems, and He has a name written that no one knows but Himself. He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, and the name by which He is called is The Word of God. And the armies of heaven, arrayed in fine linen, white and pure, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron. He will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty. On His robe and on His thighHe has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
You see everyone will meet Jesus when He returns, everyone… alive and dead. And they will meet Jesus:
In just a few moments when we sing ‘Joy to the World, perhaps you’ll think about how you, will met Jesus, when He returns?
PP: Joy to the world, the Lord has come!
Joy to the world… are you ready for His return?
Conclusion: Psalm 98 is a song of celebration!
It sings of the wonderful things God has already done AND the even greater things He has in store for us.
Is that God worthy of your praise? Is that God worthy
Has God done anything for you to celebrate?
Is God getting the attention in your life that He deserves… demands?
Is God hearing new songs in your heart?
Yes, the Christmas season is over… but ADVENT can last throughout the year if… each day you remember to prepare for Jesus’ return.
Joy to the world, the Lord has come!