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Matthew Henry's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 149

oy to all the people of God. (1-5) Terror to their enemies. (6-9)

Verses 1-5: New mercies continually demand new songs of praise, upon earth and in heaven. And the children of Zion have not only to bless the God who made them, but to rejoice in him, as having created them in Christ Jesus unto good works, and formed them saints as well as men. The Lord takes pleasure in his people; they should rejoice in Him. When the Lord has made sinners feel their wants and unworthiness, he will adorn them with the graces of his Spirit, and cause them to bear his image, and rejoice in his happiness for ever. Let his saints employ their waking hours upon their beds in songs of praise. Let them rejoice, even upon the bed of death, assured that they are going to eternal rest and glory.

Verses 6-9: Some of God's servants of old were appointed to execute vengeance according to his word. They did not do it from personal revenge or earthly politics, but in obedience to God's command. And the honour intended for all the saints of God, consists in their triumphs over the enemies of their salvation. Christ never intended his gospel should be spread by fire and sword, or his righteousness by the wrath of man. But let the high praises of God be in our mouths, while we wield the sword of the word of God, with the shield of faith, in warfare with the world, the flesh, and the devil. The saints shall be more than conquerors over the enemies of their souls, through the blood of the Lamb and the word of his testimony. The completing of this will be in the judgement of the great day. Then shall the judgement be executed. Behold Jesus, and his gospel church, chiefly in her millennial state. He and his people rejoice in each other; by their prayers and efforts they work with him, while he goes forth in the chariots of salvation, conquering sinners by grace, or in chariots of vengeance, to destroy his enemies.


David Burnette's Life Application

Praise and Worship


Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 149. In our text today we see theme of Praising the Lord in a Victorious Celebration. In our praise an expression of joy we see the Lord Pleased. In making application we see true praise and worship is pleasing unto the Lord. Today many of us go to Church but rarely engage in true worship. How about you? Do you worship the Lord? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that our Lord is pleased when we whole heartily praise the Lord.

 

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Psalm 149

Psalm 149

 1Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

 2Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

 3Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

 4For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

 5Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

 6Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

 7To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;

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

 9To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.