1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;

8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;

9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.

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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 149

A psalm of praise.
- We are here stirred up to praise God. Praise God for his
Sanctuary, and the privileges we enjoy By having it among us;
praise him because of his power and Glory in the Firmament.
Those who praise the Lord in Heaven, behold displays of his
power and Glory which we cannot now conceive. But the greatest
of all his mighty Acts is known in his earthly Sanctuary. The
Holiness and the Love of our God are more displayed in Man's
Redemption, than in all his other Works. Let us praise our God
and Saviour for it. We need not care to know what instruments of
Music are mentioned. Hereby is meant that in serving God we
should spare No cost or pains. Praise God with strong Faith;
praise him with holy Love and delight; praise him with entire
confidence in Christ; praise him with believing triumph over the
powers of Darkness; praise him By universal respect to all his
commands; praise him By cheerful submission to all his
disposals; praise him By rejoicing in his Love, and comforting
ourselves in his Goodness; praise him By promoting the interests
of the kingdom of his Grace; praise him By lively Hope and
expectation of the kingdom of his Glory. Since we must shortly
breathe our last, while we have breath let us praise the Lord;
then we shall breathe our last with comfort. Let every thing
that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord. Such is
the very suitable End of a Book inspired By the Spirit of God,
written for the work of praise; a Book which has supplied the
Songs of the Church for more than three thousand years; a Book
which is quoted more frequently than any other By Christ and his
apostles; a Book which presents the loftiest ideas of God and
his government, which is fitted to every state of human Life,
which sets forth every state of religious experience, and which
bears simple and clear marks of its Divine origin.

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