The Lord takes delight in his people!
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.
According to Psalm 149, there are a whole bunch of things that God’s people are to do. God’s people are to praise the Lord. To sing new songs to him. To praise him while gathered together with his people. To rejoice in him. To be glad in him. They’re to praise him with music. They’re even to praise him with dance. To sing to him, even while on their beds.
Why rejoice? Why praise? Why sing? Why dance? Why gather? Why the gladness? Why the singing on the bed?
Psalm 149 tells us why:
For the LORD takes delight in his people
The Lord takes delight in his people. That is why. The Lord delights in his people. The Lord delights in us. The Lord delights in those who trust in Jesus their King. Jesus himself delights in those who trust in him as King.
God the Father delights in his Son Jesus. Jesus is the perfect one, the holy one, the only ‘faithful one’, the Christ. Yet in Christ, God’s delight of Jesus extends even to us. God delights in his people. Psalm 150 foretold what is true for us today in Christ: God delights in his people.
You may or may not feel delightful. You may or may not feel that God delights in you. But be sure of this: God delights in his Son, Jesus. And if your trust is in Jesus, then you are one of God’s people, and God delights in you.
Praise the Lord. Sing on your bed. Let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
Head: Psalm 149 refers to God’s ‘faithful people’ near the beginning and the end. Read through Psalm 149 again, considering the significance of Jesus as the only ‘faithful one’.
Heart: Do you feel worthy of God’s delight? How does his delighting in you make you feel?
Hands: Pray through Psalm 149, rejoicing that in Christ God delights in his people – even in you.
A song to listen to: Psalm 149 by Dvorak, performed by the Prague Philharmonic Chorus
Writer: Peter Yock