May 27: Psalm 98
The Salvation of the King
“He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations” (vs.2)
“All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God” (vs.3)
Common meter 86.86 St. Anne (O God, Our Help in Ages Past), p. 39
Azmon (O, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing), p. 49
O sing a new song to the Lord for wonders He has done,
His right hand and His holy arm the victory have won.
The great salvation wrought by Him Jehovah has made known.
His righteousness to nations all the Lord has clearly shown.
He mindful of His grace and truth to Isr’el’s house has been.
The great salvation of our God all ends of earth have seen.
O all the earth, sing to the Lord and make a joyful sound.
Lift up your voice aloud to Him; sing psalms! Let joy resound!
With harp make music to the Lord; with voice of song, now sing!
With horn and trumpet raise a shout before the lord, the King.
Let seas in all their vastness roar, the world, its living horde.
Let rivers clap, let mountains sing their joy before the Lord!
Because He comes, He surely comes the judge of earth to be!
With righteousness He’ll judge the world, all men with equity.
God’s salvation is not simply a thing announced, but a “wrought” reality. In saving us, God truly does certain deeds, “wondrous things,” by which we are redeemed. God saves us by the forceful intrusion of His holiness into man’s history. God’s arm is a metaphor of this irrupting redemptive holiness. In the “wondrous things” of the Incarnation, the Atonement, the Resurrection, [and Pentecost], God’s arm invades the processes of human destiny with the outpouring of His own life. Man’s life is thereby given access to the incorruptible life of God. This, says Psalm 98, is the substance of the Gospel proclaimed to the nations and peoples of the earth: “He has revealed His righteousness to the nations; All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.” Particular in the time and place of its appearance, the Gospel of Jesus Christ is nonetheless universal as the canon and measure of humanity’s destiny, being solely the source of the “knowledge of salvation” (Luke 1:77). (Reardon, p. 193-194)
“We all hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God” (Acts 2:11).