Sing A New Song

Sing A New Song

The Gift of Salvation

Our sermon text today is Psalm 98, a joyful hymn of praise for our salvation. It urges us to renew that joy daily. If you’re a person of a more serious nature, daily joy may seem like overkill but of course, there is a reason. Psalm 98 is for our blessing and our benefit.

This psalm reminds us that the “old song” was the Law. Sacrifices, works, and offerings were required in the laws of the Old Testament.

Christ’s sacrifice – the only one that grants salvation – is the one that took away our sin. His death on the cross and resurrection is our salvation. Our “new song” is one of thankfulness. It is what we proclaim when we have faith in His redeeming work. We gladly “make a joyful noise” to celebrate our loving Savior’s gift of forgiveness. It is the gift that makes us whole.

So yes, celebrate that joy every day! Sing a new song!

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Here is the full text of Psalm 98:

Oh 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 known his salvation;
    he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
    to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
    the salvation of our God.

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth;
    break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre,
    with the lyre and the sound of melody!
With trumpets and the sound of the horn
    make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord!

Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    the world and those who dwell in it!
Let the rivers clap their hands;
    let the hills sing for joy together
before the Lord, for he comes
    to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
    and the peoples with equity.

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