We will begin this lesson by giving the 149th Psalm in metre.

                   THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN METRE

                             Chapter 149

Verse 1.  "O Praise ye the Lord! Prepare your glad voice, New songs
          with his saints, Assembled to sing Before his Creator Let
          Israel rejoice, And children of Zion Be glad in their King."
Verse 2.  "And let them his name Extol in the dance, With timbrel and
          harp His praises express; Who always takes pleasure His
          saints to advance, And with his salvation The humble to
Verse 3.  "His saints shall sing loud With glory and joy, And rest
          undismayed, With songs in the night; The praise of Jehovah
          Their lips shall employ; A sword in their right hand, Two-
          edged for the fight."
Verse 4.  "The heathen to judge, Their pride to consume; To fetter
          their kings, Their princes to bind; To execute on them The
          long-decreed doom; Such honor forever The holy shall find.

     We will now begin the verse by verse study of the 149th Psalm.
Psalms 149:1 "Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, [and]
his praise in the congregation of saints."

     This new song that is sung here undoubtedly is speaking of those
who have experienced the new birth. The congregation of the saints is
the church. In the last lesson, we talked of all of creation
worshipping the Lord. In this, it seems as if this is the redeemed of
the Lord {Christians}. This is the song that only the redeemed can
sing. This is that glorious song of redemption.

     Psalms 149:2 "Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the
children of Zion be joyful in their King."

     The first of this verse above is speaking of physical Israel.
They rejoice in their Creator. In the One who made them a nation. The
children of Zion are the Christians. Our King, Redeemer, Saviour, and
Lord is Jesus Christ the Righteous. Our joy is in the fact that He
saved us.

     Psalms 149:3 "Let them praise his name in the dance: let them
sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp."

     This dance and music, here mentioned, are the victory
celebration, because we are saved. This occurs after the redemption of
the people. Miriam led the dance after the crossing of the Red Sea.
This is similar to that. This, also, is very similar to the fact of
David dancing before the ark of the covenant when it was brought home.
The overwhelming joy of the Spirit comes and then the dance. Dancing
for any other reason would be out of order, especially planning to
dance before the Spirit moved. This is a great time of overwhelming
joy, when the entire church would be full of the presence of God.
Great swelling song would go forth in praise at the very same time the
music was being played to the glory and praise of God.

     Psalms 149:4 "For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will
beautify the meek with salvation."

     The joy of the Lord should be overflowing. We have so much to
praise Him for. The greatest thing being the salvation of our soul.
God enjoys sweet praise going up to His throne. We should want to be a
sweet sweet sound in His ear. Humble yourself before Almighty God and
He will save you.

     Psalms 149:5 "Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing
aloud upon their beds."

     The glory of the Lord should excite us into loud songs of praise
and worship. God is not nervous, He would not be offended, if we
shouted the praise. Sometimes the praise and song can not be shut off
and continues even at time for bed. These are the times you might as
well get up and continue to praise.

     Psalms 149:6 "[Let] the high [praises] of God [be] in their
mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;"

     The two-edged sword, of course, is the Bible. We should always
have it with us ready to share the Scriptures with all we see. The
praises on the tongue and in the mouth originate from a heart
overflowing with praise.

     Psalms 149:7 "To execute vengeance upon the heathen, [and]
punishments upon the people;"

     Vengeance is mine saith the Lord. God had Israel to fulfill
punishment on the heathen nations, as they came to the promised land.
This, perhaps, though is speaking of the time when the saints will
reign with Jesus and shall execute judgement.

     Psalms 149:8 "To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles
with fetters of iron;"

     We know that this rule of the Lord will be with a rod of iron.
The subordinate jobs will be given to the saints to carry out. I
believe this to be speaking of that time. A king, or a nobleman, will
not hold these offices then unless they were counted among the saints.

     Psalms 149:9 "To execute upon them the judgment written: this
honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD."

     These next two Scriptures leave no doubt when this reign is. II
Timothy 2:12 "If we suffer, we shall also reign with [him]: if we deny
[him], he also will deny us:"  Revelation 20:6 "Blessed and holy [is]
he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death
hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and
shall reign with him a thousand years."   We will judge as his
subordinates in that day, and carry out whatever orders He gives us.

     We will continue this lesson by giving the 150th Psalm in metre.

                             Chapter 150

Verse 1.  "O praise our Lord, where rich I grace His presence fills
          his holy place; Praise him in yon celestial arch, Where hold
          his power its glorious march."
Verse 2. "O praise him for his deeds of fame, O praise the greatness
         of his name, O praise him with the trumpet's sound, With harp
         and psaltery answering round,"
Verse 3.  "The praises of the Lord advance With organ, timbrel, and
          the dance; O praise him with the notes of joy, And every
          harp in praise employ."
Verse 4.  "On cymbals loud, Jehovah praise; On cymbals high, his glory
          raise; Let all that breathe, with glad accord, Lift up their
          voice, and praise the Lord."

     We will now begin the verse by verse study of the 150th Psalm.
Psalms 150:1 "Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise
him in the firmament of his power."

     The psalmist here, is filled to overflowing with praise. This
praise the Lord, here, is to everything that hath breath, as we will
see as we go on. God, in the praise God above, is EL, or Elohim.
Praise Father, Word, and Holy Ghost. His sanctuary is His church. This
praise is similar to the sweet smelling savour that rose in the
tabernacle. This is very pleasing to God. This power is mixed with the
greatest love known. God's love is so much greater than what man is
capable of giving.

     Psalms 150:2 "Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him
according to his excellent greatness."

     His mighty acts have all been to benefit mankind. We could start
listing them, and days later still be listing them. His greatest act
of Love was taking our sin on His body and giving us His
righteousness. The greatness of God is not even something that we can
understand. He is Holy, He is righteous, He is Love, He is all things
combined that make up perfect goodness. You could think of anything
good, or positive, and it would be part of His character.

     In the next few verses, we see many ways to praise Him. We, also,
see that it is right and in order to praise God with instruments of

     Psalms 150:3 "Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise
him with the psaltery and harp."  Psalms 150:4 "Praise him with the
timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs."
Psalms 150:5 "Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the
high sounding cymbals."
     These are all fine to praise Him with, but the one instrument
that He most wants to praise Him, is the voice of man.

     Psalms 150:6 "Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.
Praise ye the LORD."

     We discussed earlier that this breath, is life. This breath is
the spirit that God breathed into mankind on the 6th day of creation,
and man became a living soul. If you have life, if you have the
spirit, if you have breath, praise God with everything within you.

                             Questions 149

1.  Sing unto the LORD a new _______.
2.  What is the new song?
3.  What is the congregation of the saints?
4.  Let Israel rejoice in Him who ______ ___.
5.  Who are the children of Zion?
6.  Who is the King in verse 2?
7.  What is the dance and music in verse 3?
8.  When did Miriam lead the dance of praise?
9.  When did David dance?
10. What comes first, and then the dance?
11. The Lord taketh pleasure in whom?
12. He will beautify the ______ with salvation.
13. Humble yourself before Almighty God, and He will ____ ___.
14. What unusual place are they singing in verse 5?
15. What are they to have in their hand?
16. Where does the praise on the tongue originate?
17. To execute judgement upon the _________.
18. Who are they to bind with chains?
19. Quote 2 Timothy chapter 2 verse 12.
20. Where are we told to praise God in verse 1 of chapter 150 of
21. God, in verse 1, is whom?
22. What is this praise in the church similar to in the tabernacle?
23. Praise Him for His mighty ______.
24. What are we to use to praise Him?
25. Let everything that hath _________, praise the Lord.