The Return of Christ (Psalm 98)


4 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,

burst into jubilant song with music;

5 make music to the LORD with the harp,

with the harp and the sound of singing,

6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—

shout for joy before the LORD, the King.


7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,

the world, and all who live in it.

8 Let the rivers clap their hands,

let the mountains sing together for joy;

9 let them sing before the LORD,

for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness

and the peoples with equity.   (Psalm 98:4-9)

As we are remembering when Jesus first came to the earth, we should also remember the promise of his second coming.  The same anticipation people had for their Savior to come to earth we should have that same anticipation on his return!  One of the songs we sing every Christmas season, Joy to the World, is based on Psalm 98.  If we look at the lyrics in the song and the psalm we have to ask, which coming of Christ are they talking about?  In the song it repeats in every verse that we should be joyful because “the Lord has come”.  Then we sing about how all of the earth rejoices and praises God for his coming.  Did all the earth rejoice when Jesus Christ was born?  We see certain people did and angels in heaven rejoiced.  If we turn to Psalm 98 for more information we see that Jesus is coming to judge the earth.  This is going to happen during his second coming.

When Jesus Christ comes again the earth will rejoice because its creator has come.  All of mankind will stand before the Lord and they will either worship him as their king or be cast into hell.  This is a joyful song we sing about the second coming of Christ.  When we as believers will be reunited with the Lord and all of creation will be restored.  The earth will become new and we will all be transformed into our glorified bodies.  What a wonderful day we cannot wait for!  During Christmas we remember the God fulfilled his promise of sending a Messiah to come and save his people.  With that promise kept we should have all the more confidence the he is going to return to be with his people.  We long to dwell in the presence of our Lord and until the day is here we have the Lord dwelling in our hearts as the Holy Spirit.  Praise God for his infant birth!  Praise God for the second coming!