Saturday 28 March, 2015

Psalm 98

1 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 his salvation known and revealed his righteousness to the nations. 3 He has remembered his love and his faithfulness to Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God. 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.

I am grabbed by the very first line of this Psalm – sing a new song to The Lord. Why does it matter if we sing a new song, especially if there is nothing particularly wrong with our current one? Perhaps because it means we have to become more intentional, and dig a little deeper, rather than rely on the same praise & thanksgiving we have previously offered up to God. While no genuine praise towards God is wrong or bad, it is easy to become complacent in the manner in which we praise and thank him.

Are there new things happening in our lives that we can consider as wonderful blessings from God, and praise him accordingly? Or are there new perspectives we can take on our everyday, normal lives that allow us to see blessings where we may have overlooked them? I am reminded to constantly be intentional and active in praising God, and in finding his blessing in my life. He does not hide or disguise his goodness in my life – rather He has made known His power to save and has shown His faithful love. I just have to be open to seeing it, and respond to the wonderful things he has done!

Thank you God that you are constantly working for good in my life, even when I overlook the blessings you place before me. May I have open eyes to see the wonderful things you are doing, and praise you in new and fresh ways.

Written by Madelaine Tarasenko

2 replies
  1. Bethany says:

    Wow, that is such a good reminder of why we are called to sing a new song. What energy it brings when we determine to look for the blessings in our lives and then see all around us evidence that God IS at work and IS answering our prayers. Thanks Mads.

  2. Justin Ware says:

    Whenever I read this Psalm, I am reminded of a very old hymn (ironically) that I sang in church when I was younger. Even then, I found it ironic that we would sing such an old song “sing a new song unto the Lord” in old King James English! Thank you Lord that we are able to sing worship to you in modern, fresh, contemporary, culturally relevant ways.

    Great insights Mads!

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