Read: Psalm 149:2; Romans 1:20 – 21, 25; Ecclesiastes 12:1; Isaiah 43:15; Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 2:17 – 22
Psalm 149 tells us that God’s people should praise Him because He is their maker. He created the physical universe. He also brought into being the corporate reality of His people through many miraculous acts of His grace.
Think About It: Why is acknowledging God as Creator so important for my relationship with God? What goes wrong, according to Romans 1:20 – 25, when people fail to acknowledge God as Creator? Are there any contemporary examples of people worshiping the creation or creature rather than the creator? What miraculous acts of God’s grace brought the nation of Israel into existence? What miraculous acts of God’s grace brought the church into existence?
Prayer: Praise the Lord, the Creator of the Universe and Maker of His people!
Read: Psalm 149:2, 4; 1 Timothy 1:17; Luke 6:46; Romans 8:15 – 17
God’s people should praise Him because He is their King and they are His children.
Christians are the “children of Zion” because they have been born again and adopted into God’s family. God’s people should also praise God because He takes pleasure in them – an amazing statement that is wonderful evidence of God’s grace, the highest honor we could desire, and an assurance of our salvation.
Think About It: Read Psalm 35:7 and 147:11 – what light do these passages shed on the revelation that God delights in His people? How does 1 John 4:19 relate to this truth, in terms of my response? If I praise God because He is my king, what should my behavior be like (Luke 6:46)?
Prayer: Praise God that He delights in me! Praise God that He is my king, and I am His child.
Read: Psalm 149:1; Isaiah 65:16 – 18;
God’s people should praise Him with a new song. The 150 Psalms are only a prelude to the songs yet to be composed. To sing God’s praise is the perpetual destiny of God’s people. For all eternity new songs will rise from the lips of God’s people to the praise of the Triune God. In every generation, God’s people meet new challenges and dilemmas but are granted God’s grace to overcome them.
Think About It: What are some appropriate topics for new songs of praise? In a sense, any song written after Psalm 150 is a “new song” – but why should songs of praise continue to be written?
Prayer: Praise God for tender mercies and daily grace that provide reasons for singing new songs.
Read: Psalm 149:1, 5; 1 Corinthians 1:30; Philippians 3:9; Hebrews 10:25; Psalm 35:18; Psalm 89:5; Psalm 4:4; Psalm 63:6
God’s people are to praise Him “in the assembly of the godly.” The praise of God’s people must have a corporate aspect because that is what God’s word directs. God’s people are also to sing for joy on their beds (Psalm 149:5). This is a reference to personal, meditative praise. God requires, and desires, both our personal and corporate praise.
Think About It: How can I be sure I am qualified to be part of the “assembly of the godly”? Am I making time in my life for both public and corporate praise of God? What are some ways I can praise God in my private devotional life?
Prayer: Lord, help me to make lots of time in my life for praising You!
Read: Psalm 149:3, 6; Exodus 15:20; Psalm 30:11; Psalm 81:2
God’s people are to praise Him with dancing. The Hebrew word used for “dancing” means a circle enclosing an open space. The Talmud teaches that in the future, the righteous people of every generation will form a circle around God, Who will dwell in their midst in Paradise. The formation of a circle around the Lord pictures the reconciling of differences between God’s people, because although someone on one side of the circle may appear diametrically opposed to someone on the other side, they are both actually dancing in the same direction. Those with different points of departure and different approaches to worship all have the same goal: to praise the Lord.
Think About It: What is the significance of the exhortation to praise God by making melody with tambourine and lyre? What does it mean to have the praises of God be in our throats (as opposed to only on our lips)? Am I praising God in the best way that I can? Does my praise arise from deep within me?
Prayer: Lord, I praise you with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength.
Read: Psalm 149:6 – 9; Psalm 66:17; Hebrews 4:12; Revelation 1:16, 2:12; John 8:24, 12:48; 1 John 5:11 – 12
God’s people are to praise Him by wielding the two-edged sword, symbolic of the Word of God proceeding from the mouth of Christ. Wielding the two-edged sword of the Word brings us into conflict with worldly spiritual powers (e.g. Daniel 10:12 – 13, 12:10), which Paul refers to in Ephesians 6:12. We praise God not by waging fleshly warfare, but by engaging in spiritual warfare through proclamation of the Word of the Gospel.
Think About It: The proclamation of the Gospel is announcing the good news of salvation. Why does that same proclamation also call the world into judgment (John 8:24; 12:48, 1 John 5:11 – 12)? Am I likely to experience spiritual opposition in the proclamation of the Gospel? How is God praised through that proclamation?
Prayer: Praise God that Christ has overcome the powers of this dark world.
Read: Psalm 149:7 – 9; Ezekiel 25:16 – 17; Micah 5:15; Revelation 19:11 – 16; Jude 14 – 15; 1 Thessalonians 3:13; 2 Thessalonians 1:7; 1 Corinthians 6:2 – 3
Psalm 149 has a prophetic aspect regarding God’s vengeance on the Day of the Lord.
Think About It: Based on the Scripture references in the suggested readings for this section, what will my role be on that great day?
Prayer: Praise God for His complete, final, and total victory.