by: Denise Robinson
The psalms for this past week have all been hymns of praise to God: from the majesty of his rule to his greatness, to the promise of his coming, and to the glory of his reign. The praise hymn theme continues today with praise for God as the judge of the world.
O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things. His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him victory. The Lord has made known his victory; he has revealed his vindication in the sight of the nations. He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness to the house of Israel .. Make a joyful noise to the Lord all the earth; break forth into joyous songs, and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre .. with trumpets and the sound of the horn make a joyful noise before the King, the Lord. Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; the world and those who live in it. Let the floods clap their hands; let the hills sing together for joy at the presence of the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the earth with righteousness, and the peoples with equity. (Ps. 98)
For the psalmist, the judgement of the Lord was something to look forward to rather than be feared, because then all things would be made right. The same should be true for us, but even more so; because where the psalmist had not yet experienced the love and grace of God through the gift of Jesus Christ, we have. God has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness - and not just to the house of Israel, but to all nations and peoples of the world. As 1 Peter 2:10 says: "Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."
Prayer: God, thank you for your promise that one day Christ will come again and righteousness and justice will be restored to this world. We have the promise that once again your victory will be revealed in the sight of the nations, and we look forward to that day. As we wait, though, we know that we are called to live in your kingdom here on earth. We know we live in a broken world. Help us to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Where there is injustice and unrighteousness, give us the strength, the courage, and the voice to speak and act against such things. Amen.