Summary: 7 Notes - The Perfect Scale The Note of: PRAISE v.4-8, WONDER v.1, VICTORY v.1. MERCY v.2, FAITHFULNESS v.3, GRACE v.3, HOPE v.9

- "The Hinge of History"

- Ps 98 echoes Ps 96

- Psalm 98 is a sort of Coronation Hymn

- Proclaiming the conquering Messiah

- Praise can never be exhausted.

- The more we ponder the feats of our Lord

- The more we are moved to uplift & adore Him Luke 2:10–11 (AV)

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

1. DAVID. (The Voice.) v.1 - "O sing unto the Lord a new song."

MARY. (The Echo.) Lk 1:45 - "My soul doth magnify the Lord."

2. DAVID. (The Voice.) v. 1 - "He hath done marvellous things."

MARY. (The Echo.) Lk 1:49 - "He that is mighty hath done great things."

3. DAVID. (The Voice.) v.1 -"With his own right hand and holy arm hath he gotten himself the victory."

MARY. (The Echo.) Lk 1:51 - "He hath showed strength with his arm, and scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts."

4. DAVID. (The Voice.) v.2 - "The Lord hath made known his salvation; his righteousness hath he openly showed, in the sight of the heathen"

MARY. (The Echo.) Lk 1:50 - "His mercy is on them that fear him, from generation to generation."

5. DAVID. (The Voice.) v.3 - "He hath remembered his mercy and his truth."

MARY. (The Echo.) Lk 1:54 -"He hath holpen (helped, embraced) his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy."

These parallels are very striking; and it seems as if Mary had this psalm in her eye when she composed her song of triumph.

Isaac Watts

Imagine a little man

- 5 feet high;

- A large head

- Made bigger with a huge wig,

- Hooked nose

- Small piercing eyes,

- A frail and sickly body;

- The whole combination looking more like an embryo than a fully developed organism;

- That was the way one described him.

- A beautiful and accomplished young, lady

- Once upon a time fell in love with him

- It was through his poetry, having never seen him.

- She declined him in her most gracious manner and added with no doubt the best of intentions,

- “Mr. Watts, I only wish I could say that I admire the casket as much as I admire the jewel.”

- Pretty plain talk; but young Watts took it sweetly and the two remained good friends for more then 30 years.

- Watts never married.

- Born 1674-1748 ---- 74 yr.

- At age 4 learned Latin

- 8 Learned Gk.

- 11 Learned French

- 13 Learned Hebrew

- Pastor of London’s Mark Lane Church


- KJV - 64 yr. earlier

- John Bunyan - 1684 Pilgrims Progress

- Jonathan Swift - Gullivers Travels (Clergyman & Politician)

- Voltaire - Infidel

- John Methodist & Charles Wesley 9000 hymns

- George Frederick Handel - “The Messiah”

Isaac Watts

- Sickly Man

- Lord Mayor of London invited him for a week stayed 36 years till his death

- Here on this estate he composed over 600 hymns

“ Come We That Love The Lord”

“O God Our Help In Ages Past”

“When I survey the Wondrous Cross”

“Alas And Did My Savior Bleed”

“Joy To The World” - Music By Handel

- Joy To The World from Ps 98

Note the 7 notes - the perfect scale

7 - days make a perfect week

7 - colors make a perfect rainbow

- Ps. 98 has 7 points to make a perfect outline

1. Note Of Praise – v.1

- JTTW “Joy to the world the Lord is come”

- v. 1 O sing unto the LORD a new song;

- A New Song – v.1

- Music is Harmony

- Harmony is perfection

- Perfection is our Dream

- Our Dream is Heaven

- v.1 “Joy to the world the Lord is come”

- v. 4-8 - Make a joyful noise

- Let all creation Praise

- Using all that we have to sing a new song

- v.8 The floods clap - The hills are joyful

Isaiah 55:12 (AV)

12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

- From a babbling brook to a roaring falls

- In the "Sound of Music" Maria sings "The hills are alive with the sound of music

- Hills whisper in the breeze

- Insects buzz their chorus

- Bird's sing their song

2. Note Of Wonder – v.1

JTTW - last line “Wonder of His love”

v.1 - .....for he hath done marvelous things

* Marvelous Creation - universe

* Marvelous Birth - by the HS

* Marvelous Life – His Miracles

- Fed 1000’s

- Raised the dead

- Stilled the storm

* Marvelous Gift – Salvation

* Marvelous Resurrection – His power

* Marvelous Promise – His Return

* Marvelous Rule – Eternal Peace

* Marvelous Book – Showing Truth

* Marvelous Transformation – Eternal Life

* Marvelous Fullness – Work of the HS

3. Note Of Victory ¬– v.1

- JTTW. - last verse “He rules the world with truth”

- v.1 “his right hand and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory”

- Right arm His son – Redeems, strengthens

- Right Hand the HS quickens, leads

4. Note of Mercy

- JTTW- 2nd verse “Joy to the earth the savior reigns”

- v.2 “The Lord hath made known his salvation”

- Ruined lives restored

- Take the women at the well

- Hopeless but ready to receive

Luke 2:30–32 (AV)

30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,

31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;

32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Luke 3:6 (AV)

6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

5. Note Of Faithfulness

- JTTW - 3rd v. “He comes to make His blessings known”

- v. 3 -”He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel”

- He was faithful to Israel

- He is faithful to the church

- He is faithful to you

- 1 Thess. 5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

- 2 Thess. 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.

6. Note Of Grace.

- JTTW- v.3 “No more let sin & sorrows grow”

- v.3 - all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

- Prophetic

- God goes to the ends of the earth to bring salvation

7. Note Of Hope.

- JTTW – Verse 1&2 starts with “Joy to the world”

- Psalm 98:9 ....; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.

- He comes, He absolutely comes, He quickly comes.

- Freedom from bondage

- “Coming Again “

Revelation 14:3 (AV)

3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, .....