Psalm 98 – Make a joyful noise

PSALM 98:1-9

1   O sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things.
His right hand and his holy arm
have gained him victory.
2   The LORD has made known his victory;
he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations.
3   He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the victory of our God.

4   Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises.
5   Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody.
6   With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD.

7   Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who live in it.
8   Let the floods clap their hands;
let the hills sing together for joy
9   at the presence of the LORD, for he is coming
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity.

  • Light a candle to remember Christ’s presence with you.
  • Sit five to fifteen minutes in silent meditation paying attention to the deep breath.
  • As you pay attention to the breath, inhale the goodness of God.
  • Exhale that which is not good.
  • Inhale God’s love.
  • Exhale hatred.
  • Inhale joy.
  • Exhale fear.
  • Let go of anything keeping you from God.
  • Open yourself as much as possible to God.
  • Continue to pay attention to your breath.
  • Allow a new song to arise from within you.
  • How do you glorify God?
  • What do you hear?
  • What words come to you?
  • What love arises?
  • Look around you.  What else do you see praising God?
  • How do others praise God?
  • How does the world praise God?
  • How does the earth praise God?
  • Savor this time of praise and glory.
  • Carry it with you today.
  • As you encounter others, notice how others praise God.
  • Give thanks to God for this time to sing a new song, for this time in prayer and for any new insights you have received.
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.

Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, May 13, 2012, the Sixth Sunday of Easter Year B

Acts 10:44-48
Psalm 98:1-9
1 John 5:1-6
John 15:9-17

If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author. Permission to use in not-for-profit settings The Rev. Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

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