Ps 149:1-9. This Psalm sustains a close connection
with the foregoing. The chosen people are exhorted to praise God, in
view of past favors, and also future victories over enemies, of which
they are impliedly assured.
1. (Compare Ps 96:1).
2. God had signalized His relation as a
sovereign, in restoring them to their land.
3. in the dance—(Ps 30:11). The dance is connected with other
terms, expressive of the great joy of the occasion. The word may be
rendered "lute," to which the other instruments are joined.
sing praises—or, sing and play.
4. taketh pleasure—literally, "accepts,"
alluding to acceptance of propitiatory offerings (compare Ps 147:11).
beautify, &c.—adorn the humble
with faith, hope, joy, and peace.
5. in glory—the honorable condition to
which they are raised.
upon their beds—once a place of
6. high praises—or, "deeds." They shall
go forth as religious warriors, as once religious laborers (Ne 4:17).
7. The destruction of the incorrigibly wicked
attends the propagation of God's truth, so that the military successes
of the Jews, after the captivity, typified the triumphs of the
9. the judgment written—either in God's
decrees, or perhaps as in De 32:41-43.
this honour—that is, to be thus
employed, will be an honorable service, to be assigned
his saints—or, godly ones (Ps 16:3).