Reading the Word
Psalm 98:1–6 (ESV)
1 Oh 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. 2 The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness 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 salvation 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!
Understanding and Applying the Word
This psalm speaks of praising God for the deliverance he has given to his people, Israel. The psalm does not mention a specific event, but many believe it points to the events of the exodus when God brought the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. The circumstances around that time period would certainly fit well with the words of this psalm, but there are also other moments in Israel’s history where God intervened in miraculous ways and “revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations” (v. 2).
As God’s redeemed people, we should all relate well to the joyous tone of these verses. They speak of the salvation we have through his wondrous work in our lives. It is no small miracle that a sinner, as we all are, could turn in repentance of their ways and call out to God to forgive. It is also no small thing that the Son of God gave his life as a payment for the sins of the repentant. Our salvation is an amazing testimony to the power of God and to his love for us. He has certainly done marvelous things and is worthy of our praise!
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