What great joy!

Psalm 149

1 Praise the Lord.
Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.
2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
3 Let them praise his name with dancing
and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
4 For the Lord takes delight in his people;
he crowns the humble with victory.
5 Let his faithful people rejoice in this honour
and sing for joy on their beds.
6 May the praise of God be in their mouths
and a double-edged sword in their hands,
7 to inflict vengeance on the nations
and punishment on the peoples,
8 to bind their kings with fetters,
their nobles with shackles of iron,
9 to carry out the sentence written against them—
this is the glory of all his faithful people.
Praise the Lord.

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What great joy there is as we read this Psalm this morning. Joy, as we praise our Creator and Redeemer for the victory he has won. Like David before us we are exuberant, we shout in celebration, much as he did as a great victory was won. Could it even have been the victory over the strong-hold of Zion in preparation for his government to be settled there. Perhaps, but it looks even further to the Kingdom of the Messiah. The everlasting mighty one. He, as Matthew Henry declares, who goes forth ‘in the chariot of the everlasting gospel, going forth conquering and to conquer’. What relief, what excitement, what wonder must have been felt. For us, as we fix our eyes on Jesus, what relief, what excitement, what wonder!

The ‘saints’ are to praise him in song. They know that judgement and punishment will fall on ungodly nations. Yes, in the end times, but it is sure and certain. Let us all prepare, let us be people of prayer, people who meet together, people who worship together. Let us celebrate the coming of our saviour Jesus. He who was not spared that we might have an eternal hope, an eternal joy.

What a beautiful day.

Praise The Lord!

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