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Read Psalm 149

Praise the Lord.

Sing to the Lord a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.

Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
    let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise his name with dancing
    and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in his people;
    he crowns the humble with victory.
Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor
    and sing for joy on their beds.

May the praise of God be in their mouths
    and a double-edged sword in their hands,
to inflict vengeance on the nations
    and punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings with fetters,
    their nobles with shackles of iron,
to carry out the sentence written against them—
    this is the glory of all his faithful people.

Praise the Lord.

Go Deeper

There are several unique themes throughout Psalm 149. In the first few verses, the main theme is the praise of God’s people. There is praise and singing to the Lord. God loves to receive our rejoicing through song. The next couple of verses share the pleasure of true praise. God is first described as our Maker and then our King. As we worship God, whether at church or in our own time with the Lord, we can remember the great power and love He has for us, despite our sins. As we come before the Lord in humility and praise, He will make us all beautiful with salvation. 

The psalm also highlights the power of God’s people. For instance, when it says, “Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds,” it’s referring to how the saints are so happy in God’s glory that waking hours are not enough to express their praise, so they must continue it on their beds. 

Psalm 149 describes God’s people as ready for battle and equipped with mighty weapons. The Lord will grant victory to His people and fight for us, but as God’s people, we should also prepare to excel in both praise and the preaching of God’s Word. The last few verses speak to the victory of God’s people. Through the power of praise and the Word of God, we will see the work of God in the nations. God will use all types of people to set right the wrongs of the world. 

Throughout this chapter, we see the glory of God and the continuous praises of His people. God finds joy in this praise and adorns those who act in humility. God will also provide us with a two-edged sword to fight the wickedness in the world, and we will find victory through our praise to God and His Word. May these glimpses of God’s heart make us draw closer to Him. After reading this passage, find some quiet time to praise God for everything He has done in your life. Pick up your own two-edged sword and fight the wickedness in the world.

Questions

  1. How do you praise the Lord? Do you continuously find joy in the presence of the Lord? 
  2. If you are in a season of victory, have you shared your story with other believers so that they may see the work of the Lord in their lives? 
  3. How have you been using your two-edged sword?

Pray this

Dear God, I lift You up in praise. I am amazed by Your glory and power, and I want to thank You for all the blessings that You have bestowed upon us. I pray that we continue to see those blessings and I ask that You fill our mouths with songs of praise to You. Help us to become more like You and to pick up our two-edged sword to fight the wickedness in the world. Amen. 

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3 thoughts on “Psalm 149”

  1. Psalm 149 is titled “Praise for God’s Triumph” in my copy of scripture. His greatest feat in history was Christ’s victory over the grave ushering in forgiveness of sin and the promise of eternal life for all who believe. V4 says “For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He adorns the humble with salvation.” Hallelujah! It’s ironic that this morning as I was lying in bed before I read the BRP, the song/scripture going through my head was “I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” Today, I will honor, exalt, celebrate & rejoice in my Lord

  2. I am so thankful to have the abilities and privilege to be able to Praise and give God the glory every moment of every minute of every hour of every day!! I am so thankful for God’s Word and it being sharper than a two-edged sword so that we with God can fight wickedness. Praise God HALLELUJAH!!!

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