Today From Psalms
One of man’s great challenges is to see beyond our immediate circumstances and see God’s bigger picture. Psalms 98:1 says: “O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvellous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.”
As we read “he hath done marvellous things,” and then see the difficulty of the moment we can be troubled. We ask; “How can this that I am going through be called “marvelous?”
In such times we must pause to remember. In all of our lives there have been times of “marvelous things.” The nature of man to focus only on the immediate difficulty and not remember is common to all. Job speaks of this in Job 2:10. “What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil?” The word “evil” here does not refer to wickedness but such things as calamity or adversity.
This leads to another thought. It takes absolute faith in God to accept truths such as are revealed in Romans 8:28. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Psalm 98 directs us to “sing unto the Lord a new song.” The praises we offer to God never grow old. As each new day brings new blessings the songs we sing are new every day.
Verse 4 continues the thought: “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.”
To always seek to sing and rejoice requires a looking beyond the immediate and know by faith that God has done and is doing “marvelous things.”