Psalm 98:1 KJV says,
“Oh, sing unto the LORD a new song; for he hath done marvelous things: his right hand, and his holy arm, hath gotten him the victory.” (v.1)
Here the Psalmist calls on the people of God to sing a new song unto the Lord, their best song unto Yahweh. However what does “new song” means?
According to Matthew Henry, Psalm 98 is a prophetic psalm. It speaks of a new song of praise for Yahweh’s redeeming love. It is a new song, as such as a song that had not been sung before; for this is a mystery which was hidden from ages and generations.
It is a prophecy of the kingdom of the Messiah, the settling of it up in the world, and the bringing of the Gentiles into it. It sets forth,
- The glory of the Redeemer (v. 1-3)
- The joy of the redeemed (v. 4-9).
If the grace of God put a new heart into our breasts, it will put a new song into our mouths. In the New Jerusalem there will be new songs sung, that will be new to eternity, and never wax old. Let this new song be sung to the praise of God, in consideration of these four things:
- The power of God (v.1) He has done marvelous things
- God has won the victory (v.1) His right hand and his holy arm have gotten him the victory
- God’s salvation (v.2) The Lord has made known His salvation openly to all nations
- God’s faithfulness to His people (v.3) He has made known His salvation; his righteousness openly to the nations
“And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.” – Rev 14:3 KJV