Reading: Psalm 98
Verse One: “Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things”.
The opening line of Psalm 98 is beautiful: “Sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done marvelous things”. Part of the role that the Holy Spirit plays in our lives is to lead us into these joyful moments of song for what the Lord has done. The psalmist is calling for joyous song in response to the salvation worked by the Lord. For all who are saved, we can lift a joyous “Hallelujah”! It is within a loving, personal relationship that we each find salvation. Verse three continues this idea of joy by reminding each of us that “He has remembered His love”. God is always loving and faithful to His children, to you and me.
The theme of joyous celebration continues in the next verse as the psalmist writes, “Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth”. All this joy comes from the ways in which the Lord has fulfilled His promise to walk with the faithful and to one day restore all of creation. In the meantime, God continues to be at work in the world. And sometimes it is through you and me. Those times also bring us joy and lead us to songs of praise.
As we draw to a close of 2017, we are naturally more aware of the end of some things and the beginnings of other things. In each end we find a new beginning. Sometimes in the past year there have been joyful ends and we we rejoice in these. At other times, the ends have brought pain and heartache. Yet in all cases, we know two things. First, new beginnings are full of hope and promise because we know that God has good plans for all who believe. Second, we know that God is ever-faithful and that God will continue to walk beside us in all the highs and lows, always bringing us hope and love. In all of this, we sing for joy!
As we come near to the closing of another year, I invite you to sing a song of joy in your heart for what God has done, for what God is doing, and for what God will do in the year ahead. In all things, He is with us. Thanks be to God! Joy to all!