Imagine yourself sitting in church and Brother Michael gets up and says, “We are going to sing a wonderful song this morning taken directly from Psalm 149.” As the piano plays the introduction, you pull out the words from the bulletin and we begin singing, “Praise ye the Lord. Sing unto the Lord a new song,… Let Israel rejoice in him that made him,…be joyful in their King…” Perhaps the melody is upbeat and lively to accompany these positive, uplifting words. Perhaps heads are nodding with the lively music; then something changes. When we get to verses 6-9 there’s a change in the mood of the music. The lyrics being sung are different. “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; to execute upon them the judgement written…” I can just imagine us looking around at each other thinking, “Well, that got dark fast.” There might even be an awkward silence afterwards. What happened to the “toe-tapping” music we were just singing? Why did the language change so quickly in the Psalm?
I actually love that the tone changed. God is a God of action and of victories, and that’s why we praise Him. God was just reminding us through Psalm 149 that we serve not only a loving God, but a powerful God. He has the power to break every chain. He has the power to set the captive free. He has the power to bring real change to our lives. As the Psalmist reminds us to do, praise God today. Do it in your prayer closet as well as in your work place. Praise God with your family and your coworkers. Give God the credit for what He is doing in your life. Remember He is all powerful and lean on Him.