Psalm 149

Psalm 149

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Sing to the Lord a New Song

149   Praise the LORD!
  Sing to the LORD a new song,
    his praise in the assembly of the godly!
  Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
    let the children of Zion rejoice in their King!
  Let them praise his name with dancing,
    making melody to him with tambourine and lyre!
  For the LORD takes pleasure in his people;
    he adorns the humble with salvation.
  Let the godly exult in glory;
    let them sing for joy on their beds.
  Let the high praises of God be in their throats
    and two-edged swords in their hands,
  to execute vengeance on the nations
    and punishments on the peoples,
  to bind their kings with chains
    and their nobles with fetters of iron,
  to execute on them the judgment written!
    This is honor for all his godly ones.
  Praise the LORD!

(ESV)


Psalm 149 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.

Psalms 149:1 NASB

What does it mean to sing to God a new song? What does the psalmist mean by “new song”? In Isaiah 42, we get a glimpse of this same theme.

Sing to the LORD a new song, Sing His praise from the end of the earth! You who go down to the sea, and all that is in it. You islands, and those who dwell on them.

Isaiah 42:10 NASB

This passage in Isaiah is most likely referring to the “second Exodus” where the Israelites were freed from Babylonian captivity. The reason it is referred to as a new song is that the first was Moses’ song after the Israelites were freed from the Egyptians. In this way, a new song can mean giving God praise and worship for a new work. Each of us has so many of these to thank Him for.

We can also understand this new song to be inspiring in a way that provides creativity and freshness. Musicians are always writing about their experiences in life as they look for new inspiration to hit them. When you consider all the various gifts that He has provided to each one of us, we should be turning around and using those gifts creatively and effectively for His Kingdom. We should seek new inspiration from His Word and in our personal prayer time.

“One of the primary emphases in the Book of Psalms is that the praise of God is to take place in the center of the worshiping community. Praise unites the people of God.”

Nelson’s Commentary

When we are working individually and collectively to bring a new song to God, He will be continually glorified, and we will be continually blessed.


Psalm 149 Commentary

by Hank Workman

When the genuine high praises of God are in our mouth – the double-edged sword is in our hand to defeat the enemy!

Finding joy in the battle, in the war of which we may be standing is not an easy thing to do.  Too often our focus is on the enemy.  Too many times we look to the wiles and plans we at least have seen of those against and begin to doubt.  Too many times we question things that should not be.

This psalm declares we are to focus on the glory of our God, which will bring joy.  Yes, joy in the battle.  Our worship, our praise of Him in the battle is imperative.  Going into battle, standing on the field, oh people, we are to let the high praises ring to God with the Word, the 2 edged sword in our hand.  These are 2 mighty weapons.  These are what we need!

Jehoshaphat faced a great army coming against him.  2 Chronicles 20 tells the story of such dire and hopelessness they sensed.  Standing before their God they cried out with what their eyes saw – they would lose.  There was nothing they could do physically to change this.

And God answered.

The Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel.  “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude.  This battle is not yours but Gods.  You need not fight in this battle, station yourselves, stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf. Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.”

2 Chronicles 20:15, 17

This was a moment of truth for the people.  They would have to surrender themselves to God for the victory to take place.  They would have to trust exactly what He said He would do.  Even though the facts of the matter showed otherwise.  He affirmed this battle wasn’t theirs; they were to stand and see.  God would fight for them.

And so this is exactly what they did – but the most beautiful thing about this is they walked into battle singing!  Yes, singing greatly to the glory and greatness of God.  They believed who God was and that His word was true.  They would go forward and believe.

And the victory was given!  In an amazing twist, God had these enemies turn on one another and they were killed.  The Israelites had to do nothing but believe, march forward united, and sing; trusting it was their God who would fight for them.

The two-edged sword in their hand as the praises come from hearts – this is completely a reliance on God’s Word in the battle.  You see, the reality was they were not merely to sing praises they were to carry out His purposes by simply believing His Word.  Even when Nehemiah had such opposition to the rebuilding of the wall, the men at one point had to work with a trowel and sword.  They had to be active but also believe “Our God will fight for us!” (Nehemiah 4:20)

Do you believe God will fight for you?  Do you believe He has everything in His control?  Do you believe that the enemy’s plans will be thwarted, they will be cast down into the very pits they have dug for you tumble?  Then let the praises of God resonate deep within your heart – sing and sing loud to the glory of your God.  Pick up the sword of the Spirit, that Sword that cuts through all things – and cling to the promises that your God will fight for you, yes for you in every single possible way!

Victory is coming. Believe it and sing!

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