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12th Jan 2022


Sing to the Lord a new song

Hallelujah – Praise the Lord.
Psalm 149 is full of joy & celebration as the people of God exult the Lord & praise His glorious name.
Today we will look at the first 5 verses which highlight the present joy of the saints.


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


That joy is to celebrate a victory the Lord has brought His people. That is why it is a brand new song.
A song inspired by gratitude & thanksgiving for the Lord’s deliverance.
A spontaneous song to celebrate a specific new victory.


“He is ever new in his manifestations; his mercies are new every morning; his deliverances are new in every night of sorrow; let your gratitude and thanksgivings be new also.” (Spurgeon)


That spontaneous new song centres around worship of God as our Maker & our King.
This is expressed with joy through song, dance & with musical instruments.

In receiving our praise & worship the Lord takes pleasure in His people.
His favour is upon us & He is well-deposed towards us – Amazing.
As they bless Him with adoration & devotion He blesses them in return.
The beauty & blessing of being crowned with salvation.
The abundant overflow of the Lord’s great mercy, love & grace (James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:6).
The humble response is to glory in His love & grace.


“The true splendor of kings lies not in what their people do for them, but in what they do for their people:
and herein our Lord excelleth all the princes that ever lived.” (Spurgeon)

Israel often celebrated through dance (Exodus 15:20; 1 Samuel 18:7, 29:5; 2 Samuel 6:14).
The word for dance here can be singular or plural – a lone dancer or a group dance.
Our WHOLE bodies as well as our mouths are equally a vessel & vehicle for praise & worship.
Remember the seven postures of praise.
Remember our corporate & individual worship bring Him pleasure.
Remember your joy as a saint of the Most High God – express it through song, dance & on instruments too.
Hallelujah – Praise the Lord.


For Reflection

  • Do I have a new song in my heart & upon my lips?
  • How am I responding to God’s great love & grace?
  • Mediate upon being crowned (adorned) with salvation.

A song related to the theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Hallelujah – praise Your mighty Name.
Thank You that You crown us with Your salvation.
Through the power & presence of Your indwelling Spirit,
Keep us humbly praising You.
Give us freedom to worship in body, soul & spirit,
To keep lifting & magnifying Your great & glorious Name.
In the mighty name of Jesus,
Amen

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