Miracles of Jesus
“Psalm 98”Categories: Seeing God Through the Psalms
Psalm 98 is a beautiful song of praise. It is very similar to Psalm 96. Psalm 98 points our attention to our victorious God. In v. 1-3 He is our deliverer. In v. 4-6 He is our King. In v. 7-9 He is our righteous judge.
Some of the language found in the first 3 verses are found echoed through the Exodus
- V. 1 – right hand…holy arm – Exodus 6:6; Deuteronomy 4:34
- V. 2 – He has revealed His righteousness to the nations – Exodus 9:16; Romans 9:17
- V. 3 – He has remembered…His faithfulness to the house of Israel – Exodus 2:23-25
There are also some interesting parallels between the first 3 verses and Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55).
- V. 1 – Sing to the Lord a new song – Luke 1:46
- V. 1 – He has done wonderful things – Luke 1:49
- V. 2 – His right hand and holy arm have gained the victory – Luke 1:51
- V. 2 – He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations – Luke 1:50
- V. 3 – He has remembered His lovingkindness and His faithfulness to the house of Israel – Luke 1:54-55
There is much mentioned to praise God for through this Psalm, but one attribute worth thinking on today is that our God is a God who does not forget (v. 3). That’s hard to imagine, because we forget – a lot! We forget about appointments, commitments, where we put things. Joseph was forgotten in prison. There was a time the Apostles forgot to take along bread to eat (Matt. 16:5). God’s people forgot their Creator and His laws.
But God doesn’t forget. He doesn’t forget His promises He made to us. He doesn’t forget to keep His word. He doesn’t forget about us or neglect us. Not even the sparrows are forgotten in His eyes (Luke 12:6).
The Hebrew writer said, “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister” (Heb. 6:10). We can trust as the Psalmist did, as Mary did, that the Lord remembers us.
High King of Heaven, with joy I lift up Your name. You have done great things for Your people, delivering them from their enemies – and You deliver Your people today from sin. I join my voice with the rivers and the mountains – Your Creation lauds and admires You. I am in awe that You remember me, You remember the promises You’ve given, You remember to provide daily care and direction. That I am in Your mind even today thrills my soul. It is my prayer, o God, that my life can further reveal to the world how righteous and good You are. You are my thoughts, my song, my joy.