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Psalm 98: The Grand Coronation-Hymn

by | Jun 8, 2024

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“O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory!” (verse 1) It may be truly said of our Jesus that He alone has gotten the victory, for “of the people there was none with him” (Isa. 63:3). But what is this “new song” that the Church is called upon to sing? It can be none other than the song of redemption – for creation-work has long ago been finished and faithfully recorded as an ancient, lasting, eternal song. The morning stars then “sang together, and the sons of God shouted for joy” (Job 38:7). But when redemption-work came forward and was perfected, a new note of song was added to the subject of mercy; and the Church is called upon to sing it. The song, and all its subject, is Jesus!

“The Lord hath made known his salvation: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God” (verses 2-3). When we descend into particulars, how lovely this song is! The Lord has made it known, and it contains most blessed things. It speaks of the marvelous things which He has wrought, the victories which Jesus has obtained, the grace which He has manifested – not only to the Jews, but also to the Gentiles and to all the earth – and the extent of His empire of grace throughout the whole world, so that all people shall see His great Salvation. Let us turn the subject over in our minds, and see those illustrious proofs of Divine grace – especially as they are exemplified in our own experience. Can we sing this new song? Has the Lord made known His salvation unto you? If all the ends of the earth shall see it, well may every soul ask his or her own heart, “Have I seen it? Am I a partaker of this unspeakable gift of God in Jesus?

In the last few verses, all inanimate creation is again called upon to join the song; for if men were silent, the very stones of the earth would cry out! “Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together Before the Lord; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.” Again, we are reminded that this song is not singing of creation, but redemption. And since the whole creation groans and travails together in pain (Rom. 8:22), in consequence of the Fall, its recovery may well call forth everything that has breath to praise the Lord. But do not fail to observe the sweet thought with which this Psalm closes! What a reviving, blessed, precious, and consolatory thought it is: Jesus is coming to judge the earth! And how delightful is the consideration that it is in His righteousness that His people expect Him! “He shall come,” says one of the sacred writers, “to be admired in his saints, and to be glorified in all them that believe” (2 Thess. 1:10). “Then,” says another, “in that day shall it be said, Lo! this is our God, we have waited for him, and he will save us; this is the Lord; we have waited for him: we will be glad, and rejoice in his salvation!” (Isa. 25:9)

Lord, we acknowledge the fact that by nature, we were in the horrible pit and the miry clay of the ruins of nature, sin, and Satan; but we give thanks to You for bringing us out of that state and putting a “new song” in our mouths. We pray for grace so that as we gaze upon the covenant-love of God in Christ, we may be looking forward to and waiting for His coming as the Righteous King and Judge of all the earth! Amen.

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