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.
2 The Lord has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
3 He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
4 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
5 make music to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
6 with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the Lord, the King.
People are to worship and love God; that is the purpose for which we were created.
God is king (verse 6) and His right hand and holy arm have worked salvation for Him. That is, they have brought about the salvation that He planned for His people. This salvation and righteousness – revealed ultimately in Christ – is for Israel (verse 3) and for the nations (verse 2). That includes us. This means that through King Jesus we have access to God’s righteousness and salvation.
Our response to God’s marvellous deeds in Christ, as Israel’s response to God’s salvation then, can only be to shout, sing (verse 4) and make music to God (verse 5). Ephesians 5:19 says, ‘…speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.’
Does salvation in Jesus still stir you like that? Do you still experience the joy of your salvation and see Jesus as glorious?
This Psalm is an enthusiastic and accurate reminder of the response we should have to God’s salvation, even more so His salvation in and through Christ. Ask God to help you to ‘sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things.’ (verse1).
Heavenly Father, please help us to honestly rejoice in Your salvation and to be full of joy in Christ, our righteousness, by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.