Tuesday, January 17, 2017

verses 1-5

"Praise the Lord!
Sing to the Lord a new song,
And His praise in the congregation of the godly ones.
Let Israel be glad in his Maker;
Let the sons of Zion rejoice in their King.
Let them praise His name with dancing;
Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.
For the Lord takes pleasure in His people;
He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation.
Let the godly ones exult in glory;
Let them sing for joy on their beds."

This is another of the "Hallelujah" choruses or Psalms at the end of the book of Psalm.
Matthew Henry says "The foregoing hymn was a hymn of praise to the Creator; this is a hymn of praise to the Redeemer...Much of the power of godliness in the heart consists in making God our chief joy and solacing ourselves in Him."

"A new song..."

One commentator said, the Old Testament is an old song.
The New Testament is a new song."

"Still! I should believe that the religion propagated by the fishermen of Galilee is divine. The holy joy I brings to me must be from heaven."
Bapa Padmanji

As for me, I could listen and listen and listen, and sing and sing and sing in the congregation to the music played and sung, and partake in the beautiful new song written by our worship leader.
If you are not so inspired, perhaps you should find the kind of congregation of godly ones that you can join in hallelujah-ing with.  All the worship songs we sing, whether new renditions of these very Psalms or the 'newer' hymns of old--some written put to music with bar tunes known to the masses to enable them to be able follow along--or the 'new' old choruses we sing, were all new at one time.  All together they put together a huge preponderance of evidence of perpetual praise.  

The thing about praise, is that God knows it does a body good; it is good for our praise plucking hearts.  One thing is sure about it, when we see His face, we won't be able to do anything but praise Him. 

"When the Lord saves a soul its holy joy overflows (jumps the banks) and it cannot find channels enough for its exceeding: if a man does not leap, or play, or sing at any rate, he praises God, and wishes for a thousand tongues with which to magnify his can they mourn now that their Bridegroom is with them." ("Treasury of David")

"The tone is exceedingly jubilant and exultant.  All through one hears the beat of the feet of dancing maidens keeping time to the timbrel and harp.  Alas! men are fonder of making new complaints than new Psalms; indeed our newest thoughts should run towards Him...When holy ones meet, they adore The Holy One.  Saints do not gather among themselves with music, not to extol one another, but to sing His praise.

"The very stars are said to make harmony as they revolve in their spheres." Thomas Carlye

"You are never right until you can be heartily merry in the Lord, nor can you enjoy mirth in connection with holiness." Walter Marshall

"Literally, the Hebrew here brings forward the trinity, for it reads, 'Let Israel rejoice in God his Makers." Simon de Muis

Miriam led the daughters of Israel in the dance when the Lord had triumphed gloriously just as David danced before the ark (Judges 21:21).

"For the Lord takes pleasure in His people."

"The thought of the Lord's taking pleasure in us is a mine of joy never to be exhausted.  He saves them by sanctifying and He puts a beauty of holiness and the beauty of joy."

"What condescension is this on Jehovah's part,
to notice, to love, to delight in His chosen!"

"He taketh pleasure in all His children as Jacob loved his sons; but the meek are His Joseph and upon these He puts the coat of many colours, beautifying them with peace, content, joy, holiness and influence.  A meek and quiet spirit is called 'an ornament' and certainly it is 'the beauty of holiness.'" 

"He will beautify the afflicted ones with salvation."

"'The King's daughter is all glorious within:
her clothing is wrought gold.
She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework.
So shall He greatly desire thy beauty."
Edward Cooper, 1826

We have all been afflicted by sin.  Still we are chosen.  He has chosen us to be His bride without spot or wrinkle.  In order for that to happen He has to be the one who will do the beautifying because we can never gussify ourselves fit to be seen by Him.

"Let them sing for joy on their beds."

Some take this for laying awake at night 'sanging' God's praises until everybody else in the house is ready to hush you up!  But if you can't hush 'em up, you might as well join 'em.  We used to let our little ones go to bed with either their little record players or cassette players so they could sing themselves to sleep.  However, they never were easy to put to sleep and they'd get up over and over to play it again.  Advice to young parents: only pick music for your kids that you can stand to listen to a whole lot!

"Seek Him whom our soul the nightingale which is never weary nor spent by continuing her delightful notes, so is this sweet singer of Israel incessant in praising the Lord; not giving sleep to His eyes until he had blessed His holy name. (William Bloys, 1632)  "What a blessing to have our beds made into thrones."  

 Some say this is like lying around a banqueting table praising God in between eating clusters of grapes.  "So this verse calls on the saint to hold a banquet, a feast of fat things."  Johannes Paulus Palanterius.

Finally, others take this to mean on their death beds.  "On beds of death and at the scaffold and the stake, joy and glory have been kindled in the hearts of Christ's faithful witnesses." Thomas Le Blanc

Finally, "The saints in glory shall rest from their labours, but not from their praise." Robert Bellarmine

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