Break Forth into Joyous Song
Scripture: Psalm 98:1-9 (NRSV)
Psalm 98 is known as the “Cantate Domino,” which in Latin means “O sing to the Lord”—the first line of the Psalm.
Psalm 98 is an invitation to praise—yet not just any kind of praise, but joyful and thunderous praise. The first verse of praise echoes from Israel. The second verse of praise echoes out from every single human being on the planet. The third verse culminates in a cosmic crescendo of joyous praise of both animate and inanimate creation alike.
The Christmas carol “Joy to the World” sums up the Psalm well:
“Fields and floods/rocks, hills, and plains/repeat the sounding joy!”
We have reason to sing a new song because of God’s loving-kindness and covenantal loyalty to us. God has not forgotten us, remembering his promises to us. Because of this, we can sing a new song, even in the toughest of times. Together for joy, we can sing the good news to the world.
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