Play skillfully as you shout out your praises to him! 2
praising our God. 4
May many see what God has done,
so that they might swear allegiance to him and trust in the Lord! 5
for he performs 8 amazing deeds!
His right hand and his mighty arm
accomplish deliverance. 9
1 sn A new song is appropriate because the Lord is constantly intervening in the lives of his people in fresh and exciting ways.
2 tn Heb “play skillfully with a loud shout.”
3 sn A new song was appropriate because the Lord had intervened in the psalmist’s experience in a fresh and exciting way.
4 tn Heb “and he placed in my mouth a new song, praise to our God.”
5 tn Heb “may many see and fear and trust in the
8 tn The perfect verbal forms in vv. 1-3 are understood here as describing characteristic divine activities. Another option is to translate them as present perfects, “has performed…has accomplished deliverance, etc.” referring to completed actions that have continuing results.
9 tn Heb “his right hand delivers for him and his holy arm.” The right hand and arm symbolize his power as a warrior-king (see Isa 52:10). His arm is “holy” in the sense that it is in a category of its own; God’s power is incomparable.