Jehovah reigns! Let the earth rejoice!

Psalm 97:1  יהוה {Jehovah} shall reign. The earth rejoices. Many isles are glad!

The four Psalms included in our readings today appeal to us as being, in many parts, hymns to be sung in the kingdom age when

the LORD reigns” and, as a result, “let the earth rejoice” (Psalm 97:1).

Imagine the time – imagine the words of Psalm 95 (we read yesterday) being spoken,

“Come, let us sing to the LORD; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving …”

Then Psalm 96 starts,

“O sing to the LORD a new song, sing to the LORD all the earth”.

What a contrast this will be to the nature of many songs today!

“Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!” (96:7)

‘Ascribe’ is not a word we regularly use these days, it means to ‘attribute to as the source or cause of something’.

Verse 9 says,

“Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness; tremble before him, all the earth!”

Of what value is it to be holy today? This is not holiness in a sanctimonious sense! Something “holy” is something set apart, genuine believers set their lives “apart” to God as much as they can – creating opportunities to do so.

English: Plaque on Capel Penuel/Peniel at Peni...
Even in the worst moments the People of God could find trust in Him and rejoice for His Masterworks and the opportunity given to them to become holy or to be set-apart. – – Plaque on Capel Penuel/Peniel at Peniel, Bachau Dated 1811, it bears a quotation from Psalm 93 v.5 “Thy testimonies are very sure: holiness becometh thine house, O LORD, for ever”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We also meditated on the opening verses of Psalm 98,

“O 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 … in the sight of the nations” (verses 1,2).

Jesus is the “right hand and holy arm” of the Creator – we will see this even more clearly when we come to Psalm 110, quoted several times in the New Testament as referring to the work of Jesus,

“The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath. He will execute judgment among the nations” (verses 5,6).

How much is that judgment deserved!

Let us have a genuine relationship with Jesus now – and then, our experiences “when the earth rejoices” will be wonderful; with what joy will we raise our renewed and immortal voices and sing and “rejoice in the Lord”.

– Your welcome to find more exhortations and literature at the Christadelphian

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Additional reading:

  1. Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
  2. Foundation to go the distance
  3. Joy is not in things, it is in us
  4. Rejoicing in the day
  5. Faith and trial
  6. Faith a commitment to the promises of Christ and to to the demands of Christ
  7. Trusting, Faith, Calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #4 Transitoriness #2 Purity
  8. See God in everyone you meet
  9. Continuing Paul’s Prayer Requests
  10. Partakers of the sufferings
  11. Members of the ecclesia uniting and seeking God’s help in tribulation +
  12. Members of the ecclesia uniting and seeking God’s help in tribulation (on Stepping Toes)
  13. Wednesday Talk: Favorite Scripture: Rejoice always

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  • DIG for Friday the 13th of February…..unconditional forgiveness, there can be no argument…..Ephesians 1 v 7 (heilanword.wordpress.com)
    Jesus has paid for all the sins of the whole world (1 John 2 v 2) therefore brought forgiveness and reconciliation to all (2 Corinthians 5 v 18 and 19).

    In the epistles we also read that the flow of forgiveness came first from God so that we could then forgive others (Ephesians 4 v 32 and Colossians 3 v 13).

    In Hebrews we read that Jesus dealt with all our sins and that God has chosen to remember them no more (Hebrews 1 v 3, 8 v 12 and 10 v 17).

  • Happy Easter Quotes Images (discover0.com)
    “Jesus’s resurrection is the beginning of God’s new project not to snatch people away from earth to heaven but to colonize earth with the life of heaven. That, after all, is what the Lord’s Prayer is about.”
  • Practical Proverbial, from Mark, 11 February 2015 (aspiringwriterdt.wordpress.com)
    The kingdom of God is the rule of an eternal sovereign God over all creatures and things (Psalm 103:19; Daniel 4:3). The kingdom of God is also the designation for the sphere of salvation entered into at the new birth (John 3:5-7), and is synonymous with the “kingdom of heaven.”
  • The Christian Use of the Imprecatory Psalms (gentlereformation.com)
  • Running from God! (Post #2,052) (ourdailybread101.wordpress.com)
  • 12 Worst Ideas Religion Has Unleashed on the World (wakingtimes.com)
  • TELL YOUR STORY…SOMEONE’s LIFE DEPENDS ON IT (foodforthoughtlive.wordpress.com)
  • Praise Him (mylordmyfriend.com)
    The God that loves us calls us to Him, Praise Him.

    Psalm 100 verse 4: “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with Praise. Give thanks to Him and Praise His Name.”

    Great is The Lord discover it for ourselves, Praise Him:

    Exodus 15 verse 2: “Th Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation. This is my God, and I will Praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

    The Father gave us His best He had for us, His Son, Praise Him:

    Ephesians 6 verse1: “to the praise of His glorious grace that He favored us with in the Beloved.”

     

  • Praying Scriptures and Affirmations to Bless You (onechosen.wordpress.com)
    So many have gone through some devastating  hardships, and others are still going through trials, which at times seem almost unbearable.  And even in the midst of the valley the enemy still won’t leave us alone.  He’s doing all he can to wear us down, mess with our minds and make us feel like the Lord doesn’t care about our pain and suffering.
  • Too many Christians and even some Messianic Jews do not see that there is only One Most High God to be worshipped. This makes that several people do come confused and that questions like Is it OK to worship Jesus but not images of him? (dailyminyan.com) which  should never have to occur can bring some animated discussions.
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