READ Psalm 149
1 Praise the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of his faithful people.
2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King.
3 Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with timbrel and harp.
4 For the LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.
5 Let his faithful people rejoice in this honor and sing for joy on their beds.
6 May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands,
7 to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples,
8 to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron,
9 to carry out the sentence written against them—this is the glory of all his faithful people. Praise the LORD.
Read the psalm portion twice slowly. Then ask three questions and write out your answers:
Adore—What did you learn about God for which you could praise or thank him?
🔹It is God who gives us a new song in Christ Jesus – it has been written: “From heaven Christ shall return to beautify the meek with salvation and to place on the heads of His true disciples, the lowly, patient and peaceable ones, a bright and incorruptible crown. Therefore are the saints joyful in glory; they sing aloud in a state of perfect ease and security, resting from their labors, but not from their hallelujahs”- Horne
Admit—What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?
🔹I should call upon the Holy Spirit often to fill my mouth with praises and to proclaim the victory over my enemies through the saving grace of Jesus, the war isn’t for me against nations, kings or other people; the war in against the devil, darkness and principalities that want to keep me from my savior’s love. It has been written “Wage a good warfare against thyself above all; take vengeance and inflict punishment upon the heathenish desires of thy heart; strike down with the sword of the Spirit what contends against God and His honor. If Christ’s victory is ours, so are also His honor and glory; for we are His saints and the sharers of His mercy. If thou dost stand in the faith, thou art one of these.” – Starke
Aspire—What did you learn about life that you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?
🔹I shall rejoice, Praise the Lord and sing a new song for once again to quote Starke – “Rejoice, O believing soul, in thy glory with God. The earthly glory of an emperor, king or prince dies with him. But salvation and glory follow thee in heaven.—If the heart is full of the knowledge of God and Christ, the lips will overflow with it, and no idle words will be heard.—The true means of the conversion of unbelievers are not outward force, but the testimony of the divine word in spirit and in power.”
Once you have answered these three questions, you have your own meditation on the psalm. Now read the meditation in the book and incorporate its insights into your journal notes. Finally, turn your meditation—already categorized as adoration, confession, and aspiration—into personal prayer, using the provided “on-ramp” prayer as well. This will take you into the deep level of wisdom and insight the psalms can provide.
Excerpt From: Timothy Keller & Kathy Keller. “The Songs of Jesus.“
THE PRAISE OF THE REDEEMED. His people praise him because he has made them his people (verses 2–3) and because he honors and delights in them (verses 4 and 5)—though they don’t deserve it (verse 4). Knowing this, we are sent out into the world to further God’s cause. For Israelites this meant waging literal warfare against the nations that rejected God (verses 6–9). But a Christian’s sword is the Gospel of the Word of God, which penetrates heart defenses to the Gospel (Hebrews 4:12). We conquer through Christ’s blood and our testimony to what he has done in our lives (Revelation 12:11). Gospel joy, knowing how honored and loved we are in Christ (verse 5), makes us ready for this mission.
Prayer: Lord, “Take my feet and let them be swift and beautiful for thee. Take my voice and let me sing, always, only, for my King. Take my lips and let them be filled with messages from thee… With the dawning of every new day, may I sing to thee a new song always mindful that the battle belongs to the Lord. I sing praises to the God of my salvation