Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
What should I learn from this chapter?
- He prepares a table for His believers in the presence of their enemies.
- He enlarges their dignity.
Praise to God for His Salvation and Judgment
Psalm 149:1 Praise the Lord! (Heb. Hallelujah)
Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise in the assembly of saints.
- A new song means something has changed for the better; redemption, new birth, restoration.
- From verse 7: It is time to execute vengeance on the nations who have persecuted the Jews and Gentile believers.
- This means the tribulation is over…
- This means Jesus has returned…
- Justice is to be enacted, righteousness restored, all things will be made new.
Psalm 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
- The remnant of Jews and Gentile believers, hanging on for dear life under the horror of the Antichrist see the promises of God unfolding before their eyes when they have probably given up all hope.
Psalm 149:3 Let them praise His name with the dance;
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
- They come out from hiding in a wilderness of people, from caves and from hiding places.
Psalm 149:4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble (meek) with salvation.
- The robe of salvation is a robe of royalty.
Psalm 149:5 Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
- The bed is not the place for singing unless it is a bed of illness.
- Reminiscent of the Holocaust when the Allies opened the gates of the concentration camps.
Psalm 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
- “Be ready to fight!”
Psalm 149:7 To execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishments on the peoples;
- Psalm 110:6 He shall judge among the nations, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall execute the heads of many countries.
- Psalm 2:6 “Yet I (the Father) have set (installed) My King on My holy hill of Zion.” 7 “I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, today I have begotten You. 8 Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. 9 You shall break them (their power) with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ ”
Psalm 149:8 To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;
Psalm 149:9 To execute on them the written judgment—
This honor have all His saints.
- Honor: The dignity of those persecuted will be enlarged.
- The written judgment, prophesied by the prophets and written by the scribes.