The Lord Takes Pleasure in His People
Verse 1 – Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation, of saints.
Verse 2 – Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
Verse 3 – Let them praise His name with the dance; let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and harps.
Verse 4 – For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.
I’m amazed at how some churches conduct their worship services. Some I’ve attended remind me of a funeral; some only the choir get to sing, like you are watching a performance. These verses describe what it’s like to praise the Lord with our entire being; with our voices , dancing, instruments, and the clapping of hands. He is worthy of our praise.
Verse 5 – Let the saints be joyful in glory; let them sing aloud on their beds.
You know you can still glorify God on your sick-bed. We don’t have to just lay there and say, “Oh poor me!” I know some people are really sick and can’t even lift their heads, but I’ve seen people start to tell of the good things of God, right in the middle of their crises, and before long, they are up and moving about.
Verse 6 – Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand,
Verse 7 – To execute vengeance on the nations, and punishment on the peoples;
Verse 8 – To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
Verse 9 – To execute on them the written judgment – this honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord!
This double or two-edged sword symbolizes the completeness of judgment that will be executed on Christ’s return. For those who are in Christ, it will be a blessed and joyous time; for the wicked evil doers, not so much.