The Song of Worship
Topic: Liturgy - The Work of the People Passage: Psalm 98:1–98:9
A Recap from Sunday’s Sermon
Preaching Text: Psalm 98
Every person receives a spiritual formation whether you are aware or not. It informs your world view, identity, morality, etc. Our church teaches that “we are formed through the Scriptures, the Spirit, and the Sacred in our worship” (See vision/values on the website). Technically, we are “re-formed” through worship. Each person needs God’s transformation and reformation. The Good News is that he makes it possible in Christ.
Psalm 98 begins by inviting us to “sing to the Lord a new song.” It is easy to get caught in a rut, singing the same old tired song that we usually sing.
God gives inspiration for new songs.
Verse 1 mentions God’s strong right arm bringing salvation. This is referring to the Exodus in which God delivered the people from Egypt after 400 years of slavery. Exodus 15 records the new song of Moses. He sings a new song.
Verse 3 mentions God’s love for Israel. In the period before the New Testament, there was 400 years of silence without a prophet in Israel. Some wondered if he had forgotten his promise. Then Gabriel announces the Incarnation to Mary (Luke 1:26-56). She quotes Psalm 98:3 in her famous song, the Magnificat. She sings a new song.
Verse 9 mentions God coming to judge the earth with righteousness. He makes provision for us in Christ, who was judged in our place, dying on the Cross. Revelation depicts a Lamb standing as though it had been slain. Jesus, the resurrected Lamb of God, is worthy to judge all of history. The heavenly court sings a new song to the Lord (Revelation 5:9).
If you are tired of your old song, start singing God’s new song by recounting his marvelous deeds along with Psalm 98.
Taking it home: Reflect on how the Cross can change a person’s tune. Pull up the lyrics to the Christmas hymn “Joy to the World,” which was inspired by Psalm 98. Pray or sing these verses to God in praise for his gift of salvation.