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Psalm 98 – Heart Of Worship

Andy Yung

Psalm 98:1-9 NIV

The theme of this psalm is on the heart of our worship. It reminds us to look deep into the work God has done till today, and His love and His faithfulness to us. We will all be judged with equity on Judgement Day. This should refresh our souls to sing a new song to God. This is the good news that Jesus has brought to this world, and we ought to rejoice!

Perhaps our worship could have turned stale because of tough circumstances we are going through. But if we were to consider the heart of God and His determination to bring us salvation, we can make a decision today to sing to God. We can encourage one another to worship God with a new attitude.

Vs. 1-3

Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvellous things; His right hand and His holy arm have worked salvation for Him.

The Lord has made His salvation known and revealed His righteousness to the nations.

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

This psalm could have been written to celebrate a national victory but it is definitely also written for us to celebrate our salvation. “His right hand” and His holy arm” symbolise how God has worked salvation for us. Jesus’ hands were literally nailed to the cross to save us.

Our God makes His salvation known to us, and that is really incredible. No other ‘gods’ offer salvation except our God. Worship ought to be joyous because we are celebrating a new life, made possible because of the hard work of God. This psalm reminds us to sing to God a new song because our salvation might not be refreshing to us anymore. To sing a new song, we need to change our perspective towards our situation.

If we celebrate only promotions and increments but not our salvation, perhaps we have forgotten how hard it was for God to save us. God didn’t forget us; He remembers His love for us. Because God is righteous, He fulfilled the promise of salvation through Jesus 2,000 years ago.

We can thus put aside our problems and look at what God has done in our lives to bring us to Him. God has revealed Himself to us and done many marvellous things. There are many reasons to shout about God’s love.

Vs. 4-6

Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;

make music to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of singing,

with trumpets and the blast of the ram's horn – shout for joy before the Lord, the King.

The Psalmist urged his hearers to shout for joy and make music with various musical instruments. Shouldn’t we learn to be grateful and rejoice because of the salvation God has promised us? The ‘national victory’ is a universal one; all the ends of the earth have the opportunity to see the salvation of God.

Vs. 7-9

Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.

Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy;

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.

Imagine even the sea, the rivers and the mountains singing together for joy before the Lord because God will judge the world in righteousness and equity. How often are we judged fairly in this world? Many of us have felt unfairly treated in life at some point. The idea of being judged with equity is a great relief to those who have felt oppressed and denied justice.

God works with His hands to bring us salvation. We may find life challenging, but God will reward us fairly.

Andy Yung

Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit. Andy joined the Central Christian Church in 1990.

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