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 honor 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.
I see four sections in this short Psalm
- Praise to God
- Pleasure from God
- Punishment toward those deserving of judgment
- More praise to God.
God is always worthy of all of our praise, our new song for Him is to be sung in the assembly. We are to rejoice in our Maker and our King. We are to praise Him with actions and great music. Whatever we can do to exalt the name of the Lord, He is worthy of it.
When God takes pleasure in man He saves. The action of God’s pleasure is salvation. Here the pleasure and salvation of God are specifically directed toward the humble. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. “Thank You, Oh Lord for your saving grace. Help me and ever remind me of the need to walk humbly with my God.”
Praise of God and judgment of the wicked went hand in hand. The action of praise was recognition of those who rejected and refused to praise. Their rejection put them in a position of judgment.
Whatever God does is worthy of praise. We often don’t give God the praise that belongs to Him. Everything He does is good and righteous and has His eternal plan woven in it. Therefore, He is always worthy of praise. Praise the Lord!
Thanks to all who made mention of my birthday on Sunday. Your love is evident and was enjoyed. It was a great day mostly because we gathered in God’s house and enjoyed His word together. The cake was good and the fellowship was wonderful. Let’s repeat last Sunday next Sunday, except for the cake.
In an effort to encourage those of you who might have a desire to edify others through writing, I want to give you an opportunity to develop that gift. Here is the deal, you write a one page devotional and send it to me. I may make some suggestions and send it back. When we agree that you are communicating the passage correctly I will post your devotional on this page. You then will enjoy the thrill of knowing that you edified someone else with a gift you desired to use.
I hope to see you tonight.
Have a great day in the Lord, PS