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Psalm One Hundred and Forty Nine

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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Psalm 149:1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

a new song. “Song” occurs more in the Psalms than in all the rest of the Bible. There are nine “new songs” mentioned in the Bible (Psalms 33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1; Isaiah 42:10; Revelation 5:9; 14:3). Possibly this new song, sung in the great congregation, is the same as that of Revelation 5:9.

Psalm 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

Psalm 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

in the dance. The dancing will express joy and worship, not sensuality.

Psalm 149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

Psalm 149:5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

Psalm 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;

two-edged sword. Not only the Scriptures (Hebrews 4:12), but the sword of judgment. The saints will share in the judgment and reign of Christ (1 Corinthians 6:2, 3; Revelation 2:26, 27; 19:4-6).

Psalm 149:7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;

Psalm 149:8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;

Psalm 149:9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.