Psalm 149:5
Let the saints exult in glory; let them shout for joy upon their beds.
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HallelujahPsalm 149:5
The Saints in GloryG. Robson.Psalm 149:5
The Voice of PraiseC. Short Psalm 149:1-5
Cumulative PraisePsalm 149:1-9
The Song of the SaintsD. Dickson.Psalm 149:1-9


The Peculiarity of religion is that it gives us pleasure in the thought of God, by removing the fear of him which is common to sinful men. This is seen in the joy-songs of the psalmists. When we cherish the thought of God, we find our hearts are incited to praise him

(1) for what he is in his own glorious nature;

(2) for what he is in the ordering of his gracious providences;

(3) for what he is in covenant relations with his people.

Whether we are finding pleasure in the thought of God is one of the surest and best tests of our religion. In the verse before us, our joy in God and praise of God are demanded on two very sufficient and suggestive grounds.

I. GOD'S PRESENT PLEASURE IN HIS PEOPLE. That ought to be a constant pleasure and joy to us. It is not only that he cares for us - that may be but a cold consideration. It is not only that he loves us - we may feel almost lost among the many whom he loves. It is that he finds pleasure in us, and that necessarily involves some form of personal relations. But what can there possibly be in us in which God can find personal pleasure?

1. We are to him as children.

2. We are the objects of his great redemption. (Illustrate by the interest of a doctor in his patient.)

3. We may reflect his image. There is a strange pleasure in discovering our characteristic self in another person.

4. We may lean upon his grace. And there is great pleasure felt by the good man in simply being relied on. What gave Christ his pleasure in his disciples? Take home the thought of God's pleasurable interest in us, and then see under what obligations we lie never to spoil his pleasure, but do all we can to increase it.

II. GOD'S FUTURE PURPOSE FOR HIS PEOPLE. HIS pleasure in them makes him work for them. And those for whom he works are indicated by their chief characteristic-meekness. "I will beautify the meek." For such God has:

(1) Salvation in its fullest, deepest senses.

(2) Help for every emergency, constant as their need, and adapted to it in its ever-varying forms.

(3) Final emancipation from the evil which has been all along marring and spoiling our beauty. Illustrate how beauty returns when encroaching and enfeebling disease is at last mastered and dismissed. It is important to dwell on the point - that the salvations of God which are going on in us and for us, because he takes pleasure in us, are adornments to the Christian. God's grace to him and in him tends to "beautify him." It may be shown how they tend to beautify

(1) his very face;

(2) his character; and

(3) his relationships. What, then, will be our beauty in the sight of God when his salvation work in us is fully complete? - R.T.









Let the saints be joyful in glory.
I. THEIR NAME. "Saints."

1. Because they are separated. Not the world, or the god of this world, but the God who made and redeemed them, is their Master and Lord; God's service is their service; God's will is their law; God's Word is their rule.

2. Because they are sanctified. By the belief of the truth as it is in Jesus their eyes are turned away from viewing vanities, and are turned towards holy objects of contemplation.

II. THEIR HONOUR. "In glory."

1. The state of glory. Heaven — eternal rest, but not inaction.

2. The place of glory. The holy city is all glorious, "having the glory of God," within, above, and around. Its sky is ever cloudless, its light is ever clear, its sun never sets, and its day never ends.

3. The society of glory.

4. An eternity of glory.

III. THEIR JOYFULNESS.

1. Wholly joyful.

2. All joyful.

3. Ever joyful.

(G. Robson.)

Once, when the seraphic Samuel Rutherford was preaching, he came ere long to speak on the high praises of the Lord Jesus Christ. That was a theme upon which he was at home, and when he reached that point, and had spoken a little upon it, the Duke of Argyle, who was in the congregation, cried out, "Now you are on the right strain, man; hold on to that."

I. SOME REASONS FOR PRAISE.

1. The delight of God in His people — their prayers, and their praises.

2. The beauty He puts upon His people. This text may be read in three different ways. First, as in our version, "He will beautify the meek with salvation!" Next, "He will beautify the afflicted with deliverance." Hear that, you afflicted ones; jot it down for your comfort. And, next, "He will beautify the meek with victory." The men that cannot fight shall be beautified with victory. When the fighting men and those that stood up for their own rights will find themselves covered with shame, "He will beautify the meek with victory."

II. SPECIAL PHASES OF PRAISE.

1. Glorying in God. By anticipation and by foretaste we have already obtained the life eternal, therefore, "let the saints be joyful in glory." "I cannot get up to that," says one. Try. At any rate, get as far as this: wherever there is grace there will be glory. Grace is the egg, and glory is the hatching of it. Grace is the seed, and glory is the plant that comes out of it. Having the egg and the seed, we have practically and virtually the glory; therefore, "Let the saints be joyful in glory."

2. The next special kind of praise is joy in special circumstances: "Let them sing aloud upon their beds."(1) This is a message for the time of sickness. Praise the Lord when you are ill; sing to His glory when you cannot sleep; sing when the head aches, for that is the highest kind of praise that comes out of the body that is racked with pain. "Let them sing aloud upon their beds."(2) Your bed? Why, that is the place of seclusion! There you are alone. Commune with God upon your beds, and sing His praises, if not aloud with the voice, yet aloud with the heart.(3) Upon your bed? Why, that is the place of domestic gathering; for the bed here meant is a couch, on which the Orientals reclined when they ate. Sing the Lord's praises on your couches; that is, when you gather in your families.(4) The bed of death.

( C. H. Spurgeon.)

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