Look to the Psalms

Dr. Smoak

As Jesus prepared to ascend back to heaven to sit at the right hand of God the Father he encouraged his disciples to read the Psalms. Here are his specific words recorded in Luke 24 verse 44:

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

These words of Jesus launched the Psalms into the singing, teaching, and preaching of the disciples and the first Christians. They did read the Psalms and found there much that had been written about the coming of Jesus and the ministry of Jesus while he was on earth. The Psalms became an important part of early Christian worship which continues even today.

Psalm 98 is filled with references to music and singing, but more important are the many references to “the LORD” that are fulfilled in Jesus. Here is verse one:

Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.

These words simply remind us to sing the LORD. The words of our new songs proclaim that Jesus has done marvelous things and that his most important work is salvation.

Verse two increases our understanding of the salvation that Jesus brings:

The LORD has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.

The salvation work of Jesus that was worked out on the cross is not a secret. His salvation has been made known. In fact, the righteousness that Jesus provided has been revealed to all the nations of the world. This is good news! This is the Gospel! Joy to the world, the LORD is come!

Here is verse three:

He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to the house of Israel
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.

The Psalms are the writings of the God’s chosen people “the house of Israel.” God’s love and faithfulness to Israel are fulfilled in Jesus. Through Jesus God provided salvation for all Israel and all peoples of the world. Again, this is good news! This is the Gospel! Joy to the world, the LORD is come!

Verses 4 thru 6 are filled with musical terms and instructions for our worship to be loud and exuberant. In these verses we are encouraged to:

Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,

and

Shout for joy before the LORD, the King.

Notice that we are to shout “to” and “before” the LORD. Shouting for joy “before” the LORD has references to being in the presence of the LORD. That is a good place to be! Joy to the world, the LORD is come! All the earth, all peoples of the earth are shouting for joy. Israel finally has their perfect and eternal King!

Because the LORD is come verses 7 and 8 state that all of creation is singing for joy:

Let the sea resound,

Let the rivers clap their hands,

Let the mountains sing together for joy;

The Psalms are filled with references to God’s creation singing and praising their Creator.

The final verse of Psalm 98 reminds us that the LORD is also coming as a judge:

Let them sing before the LORD,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the people with equity.

Jesus will come as a judge at the end of time when he comes to earth for the second and final time. Because of sin his judgment of the world and all peoples will be based upon his righteousness and his equity that was displayed on the cross. Jesus rules the world with his truth and his grace. This is good news! This is the Gospel! Joy to the world, the LORD is come!

Hopefully you have noticed some familiar phrases from the Christmas carol Joy to the world, the Lord is come in my thoughts above concerning Psalm 98. Joy to the world, the Lord is come is Isaac Watts’ hymn paraphrase of Psalm 98. Watts believed that if Christians are to sing the Psalms that the Psalms must be “Christianized.” Thus Isaac Watts penned many references to the incarnation of Jesus in his paraphrase of Psalm 98 and gave us a wonderful carol to sing every December. I encourage you to read and study the verses of Psalm 98 and the four stanzas of Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Then shout for joy with these words:

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love.

This is good news! This is the Gospel! Joy to the world, the LORD is come!

The 2021 Winter Quarter began in earnest.

The 2021 Winterl quater began with classes on January 4th.

Like the previous quater, all classes are conducted online in this quater. In the last quater evaluation, the collaboration method between students, group lectures and 1:1 lecture collaboration, and flexible class time planning method, which students actively supported, were further upgraded and applied to this Quater.

The school has doubled the media department this time to help students clear all classes without a hitch. The effect was greatly revealed from the first day of class. The same phenomenon as before, where the flow of classes was cut off, disappeared as online communication was conducted almost without time lag.

The students expressed their great satisfaction with this and greatly raised their enthusiasm for the academic achievements of this winter quater 2021.

Winter Quarter Orientation

On December 30th, there was an online winter quarter orientation.

In the results of a survey on quater last fall, it was reported that the intimacy of school members improved after all meetings including classes were turned online. As if reflecting this, this year’s first orientation was more exciting than ever.

This time, there was a joint performance of the winner and runner-up at last year’s Song Camp, especially after completing all the steps. Song Camp is a summer quarter event of Jubilee School, where all graduates and enrolled students participate. All of the winners last year were graduates. Naturally, their performance became a graduate’s performance. At the showcase stage prepared by the school, the performance was held online for about an hour, and all were broadcast online.

Three of the contents of the performance were self-composed, and the introduction of the song naturally became their testimony and expressed great grace to all who attended.

We would like to express our deep appreciation to the graduate winners who inspire our freshmen through their performances.

A short story about Christmas – Merry Chirstmas!

Christmas morning in 2020 has dawned.
We see a holy, warm light in everything that surrounds us.
I don’t know how warm my heart was when I was especially celebrating White Christmas. Because it seemed that God had covered this sin-stained world in white.

However, this Christmas is not just a warm heart.
These days, many people call Christmas X-mas or just holiday. Some Christians call it that way. Some even swear that Christmas is called Christmas.
Those who do not like to have God in their hearts try to erase Jesus from the history of this world.

Christmas is a day of warm grace that God loves us sinners.
This day allowed us to see God, to know God, and to be saved.

Praise more, Christians. And let’s declare it more boldly. Joy to the world!!!

Merry Christmas

The Fall Quarter completes successfully

The Fall quater was all over on the 16th. School staff and students thank God for the safe completion of a course in the online class, where everything was experimental.

Instructors and students expect that this quarter’s achievement will be higher than last summer. This is because the technical team revised and supplemented many processes, making the class much smoother.

After all the exams, the school staff, instructors, and students attended a closing service led by the Chapel Worship Band together online, and dedicated all schedules for this quarter to God.

Then they greet each other happily and finish all the steps.

The final exam begins

Final exams began in all subjects on the 10th.

Again, the media technology team paid close attention to ensure that the final exams were conducted well online. In particular, they are doing their best in server management to ensure that the performance exam is uninterrupted through real-time streaming.

The online class was already held for over a year. Even after the pandemic is over, the advantages of online are expected to remain the same, but we hope that the advantages of offline can also be reappeared.

Jubilee School’s Vision for 2021

The School Board of Education has announced the 2021 Agenda. “Practical method rooted in the essence”

In 2021, many changes are expected in schools. The Board of Education adjusted and inspected the educational direction of the school under the motto of the cliched but biblical teachings that were valid at all times, that “the purpose of all music is to worship God.”

Nashville, where the school is located, is at the global top of the popular music production industry, including Christian popular music. That’s why Nashville is also the most crowded place of pop musicians in the world. This means that Nashville is a city for musicians who already have their skills.

Jubilee School is planning to create a curriculum in 2021 by combining the above motto with the characteristics of the city.

Through the master’s program, Worship music ministers will be nurtured, and certificate courses such as audio engineer and music product production will be opened as more specialized courses.

Jubilee School will cultivate more professional Christian musicians through this direction.

On the 26th, the Chapel Team Held a Thanksgiving Service.

On the 26th, the Chapel team held a thanksgiving service with students online.

On this day, the chapel team held a service time for about 30 minutes from 6 am early in the morning considering the time with the family.

Below is a summary of the message for the day.

“What is the subject of your gratitude? Is it satisfaction in the world? True Christians thank God through the fruit of the Holy Spirit. Also, that is the thanksgiving that God is pleased with.

When we were still sinners, we were saved from sin by God giving us the Son. The Lord has made us possess, and made us children of God, who have no choice but to live miserably because the source of our existence is dry. This made it possible for us to pray and for us to receive the Holy Spirit. We live in an age where anyone can ask for the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ.

Therefore, anyone can bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is the new image of Christians to become a person of the Holy Spirit with gratitude for being saved and bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit.”

Chapel Worship Band Holds Audio Engineering Special Lecture

As all classes were conducted online, many students naturally became interested in audio engineering for online broadcasting. Especially in the process of making and singing songs together online, knowledge in this field is essential. At the request of many students, David, who serves as an audio engineer in the chapel worship team, gave a special lecture on basic audio engineering.

The concept of the special lecture was in the form of a video of the Chapel Worship band preparing for online worship and attaching David’s commentary to every process.

It was very helpful to the students because there were many overlaps with the environment that students faced with at home. David’s kind explanation was enough to help the students understand.

We plan to hold these special lectures several times in the future. It will also be the predecessor of the audio engineering division to be opened next year.

Chapel Worship Band Recorded for Evangelism

Chapel Worship Band started recording gospel songs to support the evangelism of churches and fellowships.

After the pandemic, many churches and fellowships have started online evangelism. Bible study programs that were previously conducted offline, such as 1:1 Bible study programs and group Bible study programs, are online.

At this point, one difficulty arises. Usually, through a time of praise before and after Bible study, students open their hearts before studying the Bible and help them confess the grace they received to God through praise after completing the Bible study. But online, this process is not easy.

Therefore, for missions agencies facing such difficulties, the Chapel Worship Band started to capture live praise times in video according to the subject of Bible study.

First, the chapel evangelism team will use it.

We hope that the same grace can be found online through praise.