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November 21, 2011 / Daniel

Psalm 98 (Our God does marvelous things)

In Psalm 98, the author commands us to sing a new song to the Lord.  The reason for this command is given in the second half of v. 1.  “For He has done marvelous things.”

The Hebrew word that the ESV translates “marvelous things” is an interesting word.   It’s a word that often shows up in the book of Exodus.  For instance, in Exodus 3:20, God tells Moses, “I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go.”

In Exodus 34:10, God tells Moses, “Behold, I am making a covenant.  Before all your people I will do wonders, such as have not been created in all the earth or in any nation.”

Our God is a God of miracles.  He does wonders.  Marvelous things.  Things that only God can do.  When God rescues Israel from Egypt, He sends plagues on the Egyptians.   The water turns to blood.  The sky turns dark.   God turns Moses’ staff into a snake.  God sends flies and frogs and the cattle die.  Why? Because God does marvelous things.  He does signs which display his power.

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