1 O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gained him victory. 2 The Lord has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel. All the ends of the earth have seen the victory of our God.
4 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises. 5 Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody. 6 With trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord.
Reflection by Lynne Buell
The heading, “A Psalm”, defines this as a musical piece. It was more than likely used in worship or during celebrations; the first 6 verses clearly suggest that it is a song to celebrate God as King—one of seven psalms in the Bible that were used to hail ‘The Lord is King’.
A year ago, people around the world would not have chosen this psalm to sing. The daily news was nothing but doom and gloom filled with rising deadly COVID statistics worldwide (as well as non-stop political unrest within our country). Fast forward to today as we hear about restaurants, theaters and churches opening their doors to almost full capacity pre-COVID days. Our first indoor worship service is this Sunday. While we have specific safety guidelines to adhere to, this psalm inspires great rejoicing of the salvation we are experiencing. Let us not lose sight that we all need to practice good hygiene because the pandemic is not completely over. We must rely on God’s love and guidance—and we can still celebrate our good fortune for survival and a new normal.
Loving God, we can truly give thanks for the good things that have occurred despite a pandemic. While many were not so fortunate, our prayers will also be full of coping and strength for those who have suffered. Help us to find ways to assist by providing wisdom and understanding for a better life. Amen.