Sing for Joy

Psalm 98 (CEV)

The Lord Works Miracles

98 Sing a new song to the Lord!
    He has worked miracles,
and with his own powerful arm,
    he has won the victory.
The Lord has shown the nations
    that he has the power to save
    and to bring justice.
God has been faithful
    in his love for Israel,
    and his saving power is seen
    everywhere on earth.

Tell everyone on this earth
    to sing happy songs
    in praise of the Lord.
Make music for him on harps.
    Play beautiful melodies!
Sound the trumpets and horns
and celebrate with joyful songs
    for our Lord and King!

Command the ocean to roar
    with all of its creatures,
    and the earth to shout
    with all of its people.
Order the rivers
    to clap their hands,
    and all of the hills
    to sing together.
Let them worship the Lord!
He is coming to judge
    everyone on the earth,
    and he will be honest
    and fair.

What was impossible, God has made possible.  He has saved and brought justice.

What’s not to sing about.

Personally, I find the phrase, “Tell everyone on this earth to sing happy songs” or even the “jubilant songs” of the NIV, a tad grating – life is not always that easy.  BUT, there are many many Psalms of woe and misery, of pain and despair.  So, I guess when the Psalmist says, ‘Be Happy’ he can say it with integrity.  This is not an ‘all is wonderful with the world’ naivety, but a ‘I know how rubbish everything can be, so lets enjoy this victory, this glimpse, this moment’.

So lets join together in this song to our awesome God.

Psalm 98

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