As we enter this season of “Thanksgiving” it’s good for us to remember the one true source of Thanksgiving and that is our great God who reigns in majesty. I love the notes of a new song as recorded in the 98th Psalm. The author writes,“Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God”. (v. 1-3 NKJV).
The first note of our new song in verse 1 is that the victory is purely achieved through God Himself. There was no human cooperation or skill that was needed. Salvation is totally God’s work and we can’t take credit for our salvation. This salvation that God has provided through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, should give to us a sense of excited wonder and joy. It should fill our minds with the notes of a new song as we consider with astonishment His amazing work of grace. The psalmist refers to “His right hand and His holy arm.” I think this is referring to the first verse of the incredible prophecy in the 53th chapter of Isaiah. Remember in this passage, which graphically describes the suffering Servant, the Lord Jesus, we read “Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” (v. 1 NKJV). Jesus is the holy arm of the Lord through whom salvation was to come.
In the second note of this new song we see this salvation that the Lord has made known. In verses 2-3 we read “The Lord has made known His salvation, all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God (v. 2a, 3b, NKJV). God has
given us great reason for thanksgiving because He has made known His salvation unto us. What greater source of joy and deliverance can we have because we know we will spend eternity with God in heaven because of what Jesus Christ has done for us. But the question could be raised – what is salvation and what are we saved from? Salvation is deliverance; and for those of us who have placed our faith in the finished work of Christ (remember there is no other name in heaven whereby we must be saved) that deliverance is from the wages of our sin. Remember what Paul wrote in the 6th chapter of Romans when he said “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (v. 23 NKJV). God’s works are displayed publicly. His most unbelievable action was ultimately displayed on the cross where Christ was crucified for our sins.
What a great privilege it is to know the gospel so that we may proclaim the gospel to others. The consummation note of the new song is that God desires “that all the ends of the earth” may see the salvation of our God. God keeps His promises. He alone saves the sinner and when we pursue holiness He supplies the motive and imparts the power of the Holy Spirit. Because Christ Jesus has arisen we know we will ultimately prevail regardless of how wicked and sinful our world becomes. So this Thanksgiving let us give praise unto our great God and Savior who is truly the source of all true thanksgiving. His grace is amazing, His mercy is abundant and He desires we tell His story. Let us not grow stale in our worship and service as we lift up the notes of a new song in Jesus Christ.
Pastor Rich Sivo