Psalm 149

We are called to a life of JOY! Sing to the LORD a new song, a song of praise and thankfulness.

 


 

WE ARE CALLED TO A LIFE OF JOY!

 

VERSE 1. Praise the LORD! Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the holy ones.

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VERSE 2. Let Israel rejoice in him who made them. Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

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rejoice in him who made them. We are called to a life of joy. Joy is our God-given heritage. We can rejoice in our maker.

We believe that joy is not so much a feeling inside of us as it is a behavior. We act joyfully. We do joyful things, on purpose. Then our feelings might follow our behavior, like a caboose following a locomotive.

 

VERSE 3. Let them praise his name in the dance! Let them sing praises to him with tambourine and harp!

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VERSE 4. For the LORD takes pleasure in his people. He crowns the humble with salvation.

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the LORD takes pleasure in his people. You are a delight to God!

 

VERSE 5. Let the holy ones rejoice in honor. Let them sing for joy on their beds.

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rejoice in honor. That is, have joy and glory. God calls us to rejoice in the glory he has given us. Has God given you anything at all? Then you have cause to rejoice!

sing for joy. The Bible speaks of God’s people shouting aloud for joy. But in our day, we’re reluctant to shout out, much less shout out about how God gives us joy. This is to our detriment.

In our day, we see an example this when Muslims shout the Takbīr, “Allāhu Akbar!” That means, “God is great!” We would do well to imitate their shout of joy, for it is biblical to shout aloud the praises of God.

 

VERSE 6. May the high praises of God be in their mouths, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

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high praises of God be in their mouths. Many of us believers do not have the praises of God on our lips. That is, except in very limited settings such as at church, we don’t overflow with talk that gives praise to God.

 

VERSE 7. To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishments on the peoples;

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VERSE 8. To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;

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VERSE 9. to execute on them the written judgment. All his holy ones have this honor. Praise the LORD!

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