Psalm 98

1 Oh sing unto Jehovah a new song;
For he hath done marvellous things:
His right hand, and his holy arm, hath wrought salvation
for him.
2 Jehovah hath made known his salvation:
His righteousness hath he openly showed in the sight
of the nations.
3 He hath remembered his lovingkindness and his faithfulness
toward the house of Israel:
All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our

General Subject. The coming of the Lord and the glorification of His Human. P. P.
1 See Psalm xviii. 1. R. 279.
See Psalm xviii. 1. E. 326.
He will then have power. P. P.
1-9. Verses partly quoted. D. P., Page 59.
1, 4-8. That songs were for the sake of the exaltation of the life of love, and hence of joy, is manifest. R. 279. The subject is the advent of the Lord, and salvation by Him, and because these things were about to take place mention is made of a new song. The joy thence arising is described not only by singing, playing, etc., but also by musical instruments. E. 326.
2 Hence is salvation. P. P.
2, 3. See Psalm viii. 5. A. 9849.
3 See Psalm lxi. 8. A. 3122.
The predictions are to be fulfilled. P. P.

4 Make a joyful noise unto Jehovah, all the earth:
Break forth and sing for joy, yea, sing praises.
5 Sing praises unto Jehovah with the harp;
With the harp and the voice of melody.
6 With trumpets and sound of cornet
Make a joyful noise before the King, Jehovah.

4-6. See Psalm xxxiii. 2, 3. R. 276.
The various kinds of affections from which arise confession and glorification of the Lord, are here expressed by various kinds of sound and instruments. To sing unto Jehovah with the harp, and the voice of a Psalm signifies confession from the affection of spiritual good and truth, for all affection since it appertains to the love, when it falls into sound, sounds agreeably to itself. E. 323.
4-8. Song of praise to Him and joy on that account. P. P.
5, 6. Since the Divine truth descending from the Lord through the heavens gladdens the heart and infuses the holy of worship, therefore they sounded the trumpets on the days of gladness and in the feasts. See also Zephaniah iii. 14. E. 502.

7 Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof;
The world, and they that dwell therein;
8 Let the floods clap their hands;
Let the hills sing for joy together

7, 8. Rivers signify truths in abundance. R. 409.
These words signify the glorification of the Lord by the universal heaven. Glorification from the ultimates thereof is signified by the sea and the fulness thereof roaring, the glorification from the whole heaven by the world and they that dwell therein. The world signifies the universal heaven as to its truths and they that dwell therein as to its goods. Inhabitants in the Word signify those who are in the goods of heaven and of the church, and thus the goods themselves. The glorification of the Lord by the truths of intelligence and by the goods of love is signified, the former by the floods clapping their hands, and the latter by the hills being joyful together. E. 518.

9 Before Jehovah; for he cometh to judge the earth:
He will judge the world with righteousness,
And the peoples with equity.

9 See Psalm ix. 9. R. 551.
See Psalm xcvi. 10, 11. E. 741.
He comes to judgment. P. P.
This Psalm treats of the advent of the Lord. D. P., Page 72.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)