April 30, 2019

Psalm 149:1 (NLT) — 1 Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song. Sing his praises in the assembly of the faithful.

New song doesn’t necessarily mean a different song. Each day is a new day and therefore the songs of praise that we sing are new to this day. So go for it and sing!

Psalm 149:2 (NLT) — 2 O Israel, rejoice in your Maker. O people of Jerusalem, exult in your King.

God is our Maker and therefore he is our Commander. Most of our world acknowledges Him as neither. But we don’t have to be like most of the world. We don’t have to live our lives driven by opinion polls and circumstances.  We can rejoice regardless of what others are doing. The quality and quantity of our praise is not dependent on our circumstances. In fact these first two verses didn’t put any conditions on our praise. The command was just to praise!

Psalm 149:3 (NLT) — 3 Praise his name with dancing, accompanied by tambourine and harp.

Get radically exuberant with your praise! Put your whole heart and soul into it! Don’t hold back. Don’t pace yourself. Leave it all on the field of praise.

Psalm 149:4 (NLT) — 4 For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.

The Lord takes pleasure in us so why not return the favor? He is the one who has delivered us from the kingdom of darkness and welcomed us into the kingdom of light. We couldn’t do that on our own. We were powerless to resist the darkness. But then God came through on our behalf with grace. He graced us with the gift of faith and then graced us with the gift of salvation. What a wonderful victory he achieved for us by His grace. He did it because he delights in us.

Psalm 149:5 (NLT) — 5 Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them. Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds.

When is a good time to praise the Lord? Answer > Praise the Lord before you fall asleep and after you wake up.

Psalm 149:6 (NLT) — 6 Let the praises of God be in their mouths, and a sharp sword in their hands—

Remember that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. So praise the Lord while having a good handle on, and a good understanding of the Word.

Psalm 149:7–9 (NLT) — 7 to execute vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, 8 to bind their kings with shackles and their leaders with iron chains, 9 to execute the judgment written against them. This is the glorious privilege of his faithful ones. Praise the Lord!

The goal of the enemy is to silence your mouth of praise and get you to drop your sword. If you refuse to do either you have defeated them. Praise the Lord!

Be Inspired Hilltop!