Read | Psalm 98
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.
The Lord has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the Lord with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the Lord, the King.
Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
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.
Respond | Ian Graham
Psalm 98 is an exuberant celebration of praise. This wild earth finds it song and voice in giving glory to the creator. All who hear are invited to join in the procession. It may seem odd, then, for a psalm of such joy to end on a note of judgment. But, if our cultural moment is teaching us anything, we need justice, righteousness, equity. The creator doesn’t just wind up the world, hang it upon some vague laws of motion and wish us well. He is the judge, ensuring that justice is carried out. And as Psalm 98 shows us, this is not a threat but a promise of joy.
Reflection: Where are you aching for justice in our world? Where is God calling you to join in the song of creation in the midst of that longing?