(9 verses, :42 to read)
What I am about to READ
- A song of praise. The Lord takes pleasure in His people. And His people participate in the judgment of the nations.
- There is a comparison throughout between “the godly” and “the nations” / “the peoples.”
- The godly praise the Lord, sing to the Lord, are glad in their Maker, rejoice in their King, exult in glory, sing for joy, etc.
- Vengeance is enacted against the nations, punishments on the peoples.
- “This [the aforementioned enacting of vengeance and punishment] is the honor for all his godly ones.”
- Of particular importance, v.4: “For the Lord takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.”
- The reality of the judgment to come is that the table prepared for the godly is in the presence of the enemy (compare Psalm 23). In the Parable of the Prodigal Son, for example, the once-lost son is found at the feast. The older son, however, is in view of the feast but absent. The “honor for all [the Lord’s] godly ones” is “to execute vengeance on the nations…to bind their kings…and their nobles…[and] to execute on them the judgment written!” Though the context is different, Paul teaches this in 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, saying, “Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!”
- Israel and Zion, once references to a specific person or people and a specific city should now be understood in terms of the Christian and the Church. Of course Jacob who wrestled with God and was named Israel is glad in his Maker. So is the Christian today!
- God does take pleasure in His people. Talk of God’s power and knowledge and “awesomeness” sometimes ignores His love and mercy. God’s power is of zero comfort if it is not power that He uses to save, help, and restore, and He has done exactly that in sending Jesus Christ to bear our sin and be our Savior. This is the love of God, that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
- God loves you! He adorns the faithful, contrite, and humble heart with gladness, hope, and salvation.
- As bookends, the psalm begins and ends with “Praise the Lord!” And we see why. The godly have such reason for joy and dancing and music, even now when there is so much in the world that is against Jesus and His Word. But our joy is complete at the End when we “execute on them the judgment written.”
- We pray: Praise the Lord! You have sent Your Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to bear our sin and be our Savior. Give us humble and contrite hearts that look to you for every good thing. Teach us, by Your Word and Spirit, to call upon the name of the Lord, that we be among the godly, to see on the Last Day the victory of the Lord completed. Praise the Lord!
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-Pastor Tyler Holt