Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | November 2, 2016

“Let the godly ones exult in glory; Let them sing for joy on their beds.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 149.

“Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.
2 Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King.
3 Let them praise His name with dancing;
Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.
4 For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.

Let the godly ones exult in glory;
Let them sing for joy on their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
And a two-edged sword in their hand,
7 To execute vengeance on the nations
And punishment on the peoples,
8 To bind their kings with chains
And their nobles with fetters of iron,
9 To execute on them the judgment written;
This is an honor for all His godly ones.
Praise the Lord!”  Psalm chapter 149.

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There is a change in focus from all the elements of creation being exhorted to praise the LORD in Psalm chapter 148 to a focus on God’s godly ones being exhorted to praise the LORD in this Psalm chapter 149.

We see that focus on God’s godly ones in the use of words and phrases “godly ones”, “Israel”, “sons of Zion”, and “His people” that I have highlighted above in bold italic font.

Yes, all creation should praise the LORD.  Psalm chapter 148.

But, at the top of God’s creation and with a sense of God’s special blessing of salvation of them, God’s godly ones should above all lead the praise of the LORD.  Psalm chapter 149.

“For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.”  Verse 4.

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God;  you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10.

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