A Season of Psalms - Psalm 98:1-3
“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. The Lord has made known his salvation; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 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.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
In Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, there is a funny scene where Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are sitting around a campfire in Yosemite as Kirk and McCoy reminisce about music from their childhood. Spock refuses to sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” as he attempts to ascertain the meaning of the words, drawing the immediate ire of Dr. McCoy who says, “The words aren’t important. What’s important is that you have a good time singing it!” And Spock, in his humorless Vulcan-like manner, replies, “I’m sorry, were we having a good time?”
Although “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” is an old song, Psalm 98 commands us to sing to the Lord a new song…and it’s OK to have a good time singing it! We can enjoy singing this new song because God has done marvelous things and worked His salvation for Him (v. 1); He has made known His salvation and revealed His righteousness (v. 2); He has remembered His steadfast love to Israel, and all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of God (v. 3). Because He has done these great things in us and for us, we must make a joyful noise with all of our might, with all of the strength that our voices can muster, with every fiber of our being, with any instrument that draws attention to His powerful Name! His glory is endless, and so should our song be.
Sing the mighty power of God, for He has done great things. To God be the glory!
Further Reading: Galatians 4:4-7; Genesis 35:1-15
Pray with me Psalm 115:1:
Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and your faithfulness. In Jesus’ name, Amen.