Psalm 149 was written after Judah and Israel return from captivity and have worked together to rebuild the temple. As they are dedicating the temple, several psalms were written. In this psalm, the psalmist speaks of God’s great love and provision for his people. He also instructs God’s people to always be ready and willing to praise God and to defend themselves against their enemies.
Praise God with songs on your lips and a sword in your hand. Psalm 149:6
As we walk out our salvation, (our freedom from captivity) we too, are called to do both. We will desire to praise God and we have to learn how to carry a sword in our hands. The Sword, as described in the New Testament, is the word of God. The word is our weapon to study and apply. It helps us to discern good from evil, truth from deciet. We can use it to combat spiritual warfare in our surroundings. We can also use it to keep ourselves pure and to fight back the temptation and lies of the enemy within us.
For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
As the New Year approaches and you make resolutions and plans for the new year, have you thought of adding: Learn to carry and use my Sword? Holy Spirit is ready to help you read the bible and learn how to apply it to your life. So is your Church. If you don’t have a Church, try some out. Learn to be the warrior God created you to be.
See you tomorrow for Psalm 150.