A Short Study of Psalm 98:1
“A Psalm. 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.”
To sing a new song of the marvelous things that Almighty God has done requires a new heart. The old heart of rebellion sees no beauty in the everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure (2 Samuel 23:5), but David saw that marvelous covenant as all his salvation.
How wonderful was that day when the angel announced to shepherds abiding in the field, “Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy” (Luke 2:10). The message of that great joy was that the Saviour Christ the Lord was born that day in the city of David — God had come in the flesh.
The Lord Jesus Christ did always only those things that pleased His Father (Matthew 3:17). His marvelous work of obedience is esteemed a light thing except to one who needs a near kinsman to obey perfectly the Law of God in thought, word, and deed.
Christ Jesus, by His right hand of power, and His holy arm of justice, once and forever paid the debt of God’s holy broken Law for all His sheep. Because their guilt was charged to His account (and He being made sin for us (2 Corinthians 5:21) by himself suffered the wrath of holy justice as His people’s substitute. The Lord Jesus thereby satisfied the Law’s demand of obedience for a people that were everlastingly loved by a Triune God. These elect now stand before the Law blameless because His imputed righteousness covers them.
Christ Jesus the Lord ascended into heaven and now ever lives to make intercession for His people. There is One Who has been touched with the feeling of our infirmity. There sits One at the right hand of God Who has acquainted Himself with grief, One who shall return to receive His own unto Himself. Of all the statements of man’s mouth, let this blessed assurance be told: “He hath done marvelous things.”
By Marvin Stalnaker