Psalm 149 King James Version (KJV)
1 Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
As we approach the end of psalms, we see the call to praise the Lord increasing. This journey through the psalms, which began in September of 2016, has been such a huge blessing to my life. I now really know what David means when He says “Sing unto the Lord a new song”. And it is not necessarily what you think. It carries a much deeper meaning to the psalm writer.
I always thought it meant I should sing in the Spirit, or just make up a song as I went along. God has given me over 500 such songs in the last year and a half, most of which are posted on my own Psalmist site. These songs or poems come directly from the Spirit when He prompts me to write them. They are new songs, and I sing many of them over and over again. But they are not the type of new song that the writer is talking about.
The song David is discussing here is twofold. One type of song comes from deep inside us because of our anguish, our distress or our worry over the circumstances that surround us. We see this again and again throughout the psalms. I have been amazed at the resiliency of the writer as he faces off with his enemies over and over again. You can hear his despair in his words, but he always comes back to praise the Lord. He never allows the circumstance to be bigger than his God. That praise song elevates him above the fear and doubt we read in the previous verses and pulls him out of the natural into the supernatural realm of God, When he arrives there, he knows God is in control and he will be vanquished of his enemies. The song becomes a song of victory because he chose to praise the Lord.
The second song is one of praise to God for His mighty deeds or His Majesty. The song goes through what God has done for the nation or what He has done for the writer. It speaks of the awesome love and devotion the Lord has for us. Some are like lessons in history and others are lessons in the nature of God. Look at Psalm 23 or Psalm 91, both new songs to the Lord that show us the nature of God and praise Him for His love to us. Or psalms 78 or 107, both of which recount historical facts about Israel. These are also new songs, sung to praise the Lord for His past guidance and protection. These new songs are meant to remind others just who God is, and how he can help us in our everyday lives.
What about you? Does a new song escape your lips every so often? Do you find yourself thanking God for blessings that you have received in the past? Or do you find yourself crying out to God in despair, hooping He will help you through the trials of life? f either of these apply, you are singing the new song this writer talks about. You are praising the Lord with a new song! Just because it s not set to music does not mean it can not be a new song. So sing aloud your praises to the Lord. He is worthy of all we can give!
2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
Let us rejoice in Him who made us! He made us who we are in every facet of our being. he colored our skin, eyes and hair. He arranged our face in the pattern He wanted it to be in. He placed the fingerprint on our fingers, a different one for every human being for all of time. He gave us our five senses so we could enjoy His creation. He gave each of us specific talents so we could be productive in our lives. Some are mechanics, some our food service workers, some are doctors, some are singers – all with talent given by God to do their appointed tasks. He has placed in us a mind to think and reason with. How can we not rejoice in His goodness for all he has done for us!
We should be full of joy! Enough joy to dance and sound whatever instrument he has blessed us with the talent to play. For me it is my voice and my hands (clapping). The piano will come! Let’s praise the Lord!
4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
Did you ever stop to think about the fact that God takes pleasure in you? We are always talking about how we take pleasure in Him. But I have to remember that He takes pleasure in me too. He takes pleasure when I talk with Him in the morning and lift my requests and my praise before Him. He takes pleasure when He sees me talking to my wife and sharing life with the women He chose for me 39 years ago. He takes pleasure when He sees me using the various talents and gifts He has given me. I can almost hear Him chuckling when something funny happens to me – I have no doubt He enjoys that. He takes pleasure in us every day. Please remember that He takes pleasure in you!
In order to be saved, we must confess our sins to Jesus, ask for His forgiveness, turn from our sin, and make Him Lord of our lives. This takes a meek spirit. Someone filled with pride will never stoop to do these things. Someone filled with pride will think they can do it their own way – they don’t need to follow the biblical path. I am sorry to tell you that if you have not taken these steps because you feel you know better, then pride has you in it’s grips, and God will not give His salvation to the proud. He gives it to the meek.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;
7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the Lord.
We know for Hebrews 4:12 that the two edged sword is the word of God. Praise and the word are the two things the enemy can not stand against. Praise and the word should be by our side at all times. There is no replacement for either one. There is no earthly substitute for the heavenly weapons that God has given us. Praise elevates God, the word lifts us up by reminding us who God is. By these things, we can execute judgment on our enemies, we can bind up kings. It s an honor given to us by the Most High God! Make sure you are practicing the privilege He has given you!