A Season of Psalms - Psalm 149:1-5
“Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise in the assembly of the godly! Let Israel be glad in his Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King! Let them praise his name with dancing, making melody to him with tambourine and lyre! For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation. Let the godly exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
I come from a musical family. My fondest memories are the ones singing the hymns of faith with the family gathered around the piano, and at Christmastime, our favorite carols. Mom would play the piano, Dad would sing bass, I would sing baritone/bass, and my two sisters would sing alto and soprano. The harmony was beautiful. When we gather together for holidays, this is still a cherished time. Though many miles may separate us, when we come back together we love to sing!
Psalm 149 calls for God’s people to extol our Maker and King in worship. Our praise should be enthusiastic and celebratory as we lift our voices, dance, and play instruments. We are to praise the Lord our God continually, from the dawning of the morning sun to the drooping of the eyelids in the evening. We should offer praise when we wake up and when we slip off to sleep. Praise Him when you work, praise Him when you play, praise Him as you mow your yard or feed the dog. Sing your faith as you take your evening walk or as you navigate the traffic in the city. The name of the Lord is great and greatly to be praised. The Lord inhabits and takes pleasure in the praises of His people.
William Congreve, an 18th century English playwright, said “Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast, to soften rocks, to bend a knotted oak.” Music soothes our soul and refreshes our spirit. The Bible tells us to sing praises anywhere and everywhere, at every time, in every place. We sing because the Lord has done great things, and daily He fills us with joy. How can we keep from singing His praise? We can’t…because He is absolutely praiseworthy! Praise the Lord!
Further Reading: Psalm 100; Isaiah 12
Pray with me:
Father, I will sing of Your vast, unbounded love forever. Hallelujah, what a Savior, what a Redeemer, what a Friend! This is my prayer in Jesus’ name, Amen.