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Read Psalm 149


Read Psalm 149

    1 Shout praises to the LORD!
    Sing him a new song of praise
    when his loyal people meet.
    2 People of Israel, rejoice
    because of your Creator.
    People of Zion, celebrate
    because of your King.
    3 Praise his name by dancing
    and playing music on harps
    and tambourines.
    4 The LORD is pleased
    with his people,
    and he gives victory
    to those who are humble.
    5 All of you faithful people,
    praise our glorious Lord!
    Celebrate and worship.
    6 Praise God with songs
    on your lips
    and a sword in your hand.
    7 Take revenge and punish
    the nations.
    8 Put chains of iron
    on their kings and rulers.
    9 Punish them as they deserve;
    this is the privilege
    of God’s faithful people.
    Shout praises to the LORD!


This Psalm gets quite violent at the end.  The writers would have craved physical revenge on the enemies who had oppressed them.  In the light of Christ we read these lines as anticipation of God's justice - God's ultimate victory.  The first five verses call us to worship - to sing new songs.


Help me to sing a new song O Lord, putting my trust in your victory and your care.

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