Daily Worship

A new song

October 28, 2020 1
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Psalm 98 (NIV)


1 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.

7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
    let the mountains sing together for joy;
9 let them sing before the Lord,
    for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples with equity.


This has been the greatest rock concert of your life. And now for the encore. The crowd is screaming for the band to come back on the stage for one more song. You have been to enough concerts to know that this is the end of the show. The band will come back and play one more song. Probably one of their greatest hits. Probably something that leaves us wanting more.

1 Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvellous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him

The band tells us at the end of the show to sing a new song. How ironic now that the show is done? Maybe we have some way to lead when we go from this place. We have a post-worship task to keep on singing even when the show is over.

And he’s going to save us. No matter how bad it is out there, God is going to save us. Maybe I can face the world outside this moment of worship.

7 Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
8 Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity.

Those last lines stand out to you. There is this sense that even in recession there is a transcendence to God. The Rivers and the Mountains worship even now. They are not deterred by recession. You find yourself trembling as you consider the Lord’s holiness. What offering will you bring as you leave the confines of the concert hall? As you go back to the reality of a pandemic and a recession, how will you lead? What will you bring?


God I sing a new song today. A song of your glory still in this pandemic and recession. I join the choir us of the Rivers and Mountains that refuse to be stopped in their perpetual adoration.