Psalms 98:5

5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.

Psalms 98:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 98:5

Sing unto the Lord with the harp
Playing upon that at the same time: here and in the following verse is an allusion to Old Testament worship, and the manner of performing that; not that this should be done in New Testament times, only New Testament worship is expressed in Old Testament language, which is no unusual thing; hence in Gospel times, and Gospel churches, the saints, especially when singing the new song of redeeming grace, are said to have harps in their hands, expressive only of their spiritual melody in their hearts, ( Revelation 5:8 Revelation 5:9 ) ( Revelation 14:2 Revelation 14:3 ) ( Revelation 15:2 Revelation 15:3 ) ,

with the harp, and the voice of the psalm;
with the harp alone first, as Aben Ezra and Kimchi interpret it, and then with the harp, and together with the words of a psalm, sung in a psalm tune. Gospel churches are to sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, ( Ephesians 5:19 ) ( Colossians 3:16 ) .

Psalms 98:5 In-Context

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.
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