Psalm 149: Spontaneous Praises

What makes our praise “fresh”?

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Psalm 149:1 Praise the Lord. Sing fresh, spontaneous praises to the Lord. Praise him in the gathering of his people.
King James
Psalm 149:1 Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

Of what value is the gathering of God’s people?

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Psalm 149:1 Praise the Lord. Sing fresh, spontaneous praises to the Lord. Praise him in the gathering of his people.
King James
Psalm 149:1 Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.

What reasons do God’s people have to rejoice? Why might they not rejoice?

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Psalm 149:2 Let the people of God rejoice in their Creator. Let the people of Jerusalem rejoice because of their King.
King James
Psalm 149:2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.

How does dancing honor God?

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Psalm 149:3 Let people honor God with their dancing. Let them sing praises with tambourines and harps.
King James
Psalm 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

What effect do musical instruments have upon praise?

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Psalm 149:3 Let people honor God with their dancing. Let them sing praises with tambourines and harps.
King James
Psalm 149:3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.

How much delight does God have in his people?

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Psalm 149:4 The Lord delights in his people. He will crown the humble with victory.
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Psalm 149:4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

Why are the humble given victory?

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Psalm 149:4 The Lord delights in his people. He will crown the humble with victory.
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Psalm 149:4 For the Lord taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.

Why might Christians have a difficult time sleeping?

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Psalm 149:5 Let the righteous rejoice in God’s favor, singing for joy when they rest at night.
King James
Psalm 149:5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

Do we need weapons for aggression, defense, or both? Why?

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Psalm 149:6–8 May people have the highest praises for God while holding a two-edged sword, ready to oppose those who oppose him, putting kings in chains and handcuffing high-ranking officials.
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Psalm 149:6–8 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people; To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;

How good are God’s judgments? Why?

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Psalm 149:9 God honors his people in carrying out the judgments he has written.
Praise the Lord.
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Psalm 149:9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.