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11th Jan 2022

Sing to the Lord a new song

Psalm 149 is a Hallelujah sandwich exulting the people of God to praise His glorious name.
It is the 4th of 5 Hallel (praise) psalms which complete the Hebrew Psalter.
Hallelujah – Praise the Lord.


Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise in the assembly of saints.
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker;
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Let them praise His name with the dance;
Let them sing praises to Him with the timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the humble with salvation.
Let the saints be joyful in glory;
Let them sing aloud on their beds.
Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,

To execute vengeance on the nations,
And punishments on the peoples;
To bind their kings with chains,
And their nobles with fetters of iron;
To execute on them the written judgment—
This honor have all His saints.
Praise the Lord! Psalm 149


The psalm begins & ends with a Hallelujah & can be understood in two parts.
The present joy of the saints (verses 1-5).
The future hope of the saints (verses 6-9).
The psalm focuses on & celebrates the exultant joy of both a current & a future victory.
Praise expressed with voices & instruments through song & dance.

Praise & worship of our mighty maker & glorious King involves the use of body, soul & spirit.
We are to be free to spontaneously sing & dance our praises to our wonderful Lord.
We are to worship with joy in the assembly of the saints – corporately in community & fellowship with other believers.
We are also to worship with joy alone on our beds – individually.
Worship is an ongoing WE & ME experience & delight.

Our worship & praise exalts & blesses the Lord. It brings Him pleasure.
It celebrates Him for who He is highlighting His glory & greatness.
At the same time it passes judgement on all those who oppose the Lord’s word, will & ways.
Our worship is both a love offering unto the Lord & at the same time a powerful weapon against the Lord’s enemies.
Hallelujah – Praise the Lord.


For Reflection

  • What am I singing to the Lord right now?
  • How free am I in my worship of the Lord? Does joy flow freely?
  • Where, when & with who do I worship?
  • Mediate upon the High Praises of God.

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Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Hallelujah – praise Your mighty Name.
Through the power & presence of Your indwelling Spirit,
Help & strengthen me to experience more & more freedom to praise & worship You.
In the mighty name of Jesus,
Amen.

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