Psalm 149 - Sing A New Song
Updated: Aug 26, 2019
Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of His faithful people.
Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with timbrel and harp.
For the Lord takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with victory.
Let His faithful people rejoice in this honour and sing for joy on their beds.
May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands,
to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples,
to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron,
to carry out the sentence written against them - this is the glory of all His faithful people. Praise the Lord.
The people of Israel had always wanted a king. Since the days of Judges, they wanted a king like the other nations. When they were finally given kings, their kings didn’t last, and they continued to be oppressed by other nations. Even after Jesus had come and gone, the people were still looking for a king who could meet their physical needs.
Today at church, are we allowing Jesus to be the King of our hearts? The King should reign over us in every part of our life, as is His right.
They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king. As they have done from the day I brought them up out of Egypt until this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are doing to you. Now listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what the king who will reign over them will claim as his rights.” (1 Samuel 8:5-9)
The Psalmist realised they were deceived by their own folly, believing in the fallacy that the other nations with kings were better off than them. He realised that only one king matters; only God is the true King. He thus sang a NEW SONG.
What is our New Song? In a song, there are lyrics, expressing the thoughts and desires of the songwriter. It is not that God particularly loves the music we make, but God wants us to create new songs, something new to celebrate about. He doesn’t want us saying the same words, day in day out, asking our king for this, complaining to our king about that, entire prayers devoted to satisfying our own needs and desires.
The Psalmist realised that the real King, God, has power over all kings. Who is my king, or am I my own king? People will fail me, and I will fail myself too. Every king is weak, compared to our God Almighty. What am I made to be and what does God desire me to be? By singing with God’s tune and serving what I am made for, I will produce fruits of the Spirit that are everlasting.
The Psalmist aspires for his people to “sing for joy on their beds”. It sounds a bit weird, but no, they aren’t crazy. They’ve got no worries, stress or fear, because they are confident their King will crown them with victory. To consider our trials pure joy (James 1:2-3) sounds like a fantasy too, if we don’t realise what God can help us become.
Do we lead the same old lives and sing the same old songs? If we realise that we worship the mightiest King and that He has given us victory over all our problems, we will be inspired to live new lives and sing new songs.
It is an honour to be with God, to be able to pray to Him and have Him listen to us. Are we singing the same old songs and not changing our lives? Let’s aspire to learn new things about God and learn how we can draw closer to Him so we can write new songs everyday; songs that will keep us rejoicing on our beds. Live is short... change your perspective and sing new songs.
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.