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.
(Psalm 98 NIV)
As you look back on your week, where have you seen the Lord working?
And what has been your response to His love, faithfulness, and goodness?
While the psalmist does not identify a certain event or occasion that triggers this psalm, it is clear that something has ignited this exuberance and joy.
The psalmist invites fellow Israelites to join in the celebration, with music and instruments (vv. 4-6).
The psalmist also paints a picture of nature (sea, rivers, mountains) all participating in this joyful orchestra and chorus praising the Lord.
The psalmist sees God’s sovereignty and righteousness, not as a cruel dictator, but as a loving Father who watches over and blesses His children (v. 9).
May you choose joy today, allowing the Lord to fill you up.
May the overflow of His joy in your life spill over to others around you.