“Elements And Instruments” – One Year Bible Reading (Psalms/Proverbs) – April 27

Psalm 97:1-98:9   Hymns Of Yahweh’s Kingship By Anonymous

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Psalm 97:1-12   Elements Of Worship

Psalms 97 and 98 are part of a series of psalms from 95 to 100 that speak of God’s rulership over the universe and are figurative of the ultimate rule of God in Christ in the Millennium and beyond (see Addendum To The End).

Again, the elements of the universe are seen as bowing down to Yahweh, the earth (v. 1a, 4b), the wind (v. 2), and fire (vv. 3-4).  All parts of the world, islands (v. 1b), mountains (v. 5), and heavens (v. 6) will praise Him.

Pagans (v. 7), Jews (v. 8), and supernatural beings (v. 7c, elohim, false gods, good angels, or demons) will all worship God who is exalted over all things and all creatures (v. 9).

Those of us who believe in grace are still responsible to live upright lives.  We are to hate bad and evil things (v. 10).  That is how we show our love for the Lord who will deliver us from demons and the demon-inspired.

We are to let our lights shine before men (v. 11a, cf. Matt. 5:16).  We should spread our joy (v. 11b) and give thanks all the time to the Lord (v. 12, cf. Eph. 5:20).

This will all happen in the Kingdom, the Millennium.

Psalm 98:1-9    Instruments of Worship

Psalms 98 is another psalm of praise to God.

We are again, as in yesterday’s Psalm 96, exhorted to sing a “new song” (v. 1).  It is a song of grace which is new every morning in the form of His mercy (cf. Lam. 3:23 ESV  RSV).  The Christian life is a life of new beginnings.

Salvation is all about new beginnings (vv. 2-3).  Because God is faithful, our sins are forgiven and we can always begin anew (cf. 1 John 1:9).

We should use all the instruments at our disposal to praise the Lord, strings like lyres (v. 5), horns like trumpets (v. 6), and our shouting, singing voices (vv. 4-6).

Seas make a noise that reflects God’s glory (v. 7).  Even rivers’ power and the mountains’ majesty display the greatness of God (v. 8).

Another psalm ends with the promise of God’s judgment (v. 9).  It is the hope of all of who serve the Lord to see Him glorified, the righteous exalted and the wicked subdued.

Proverbs 14:7-8  Dipsy-doodles

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Don’t hang with fools unless you want to end up being foolish (v. 7).

Wise people listen to others, read, and try to understand the world and life (v. 8a).  Dipsy-doodles are just arrogant and try to get by with bluffing others (v. 8b).


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