Psalms 149* Joy to all the people of God. (1-5) Terror to their enemies.(6-9)1-5 New mercies continually demand new songs of praise, uponearth and in heaven. And the children of Zion have not only tobless the God who made them, but to rejoice in him, as havingcreated them in Christ Jesus unto good works, and formed themsaints as well as men. The Lord takes pleasure in his people;they should rejoice in Him. When the Lord has made sinners feeltheir wants and unworthiness, he will adorn them with the gracesof his Spirit, and cause them to bear his image, and rejoice inhis happiness for ever. Let his saints employ their waking hoursupon their beds in songs of praise. Let them rejoice, even uponthe bed of death, assured that they are going to eternal restand glory. 6-9 Some of God's servants of old were appointed to executevengeance according to his word. They did not do it frompersonal revenge or earthly politics, but in obedience to God'scommand. And the honour intended for all the saints of God,consists in their triumphs over the enemies of their salvation.Christ never intended his gospel should be spread by fire andsword, or his righteousness by the wrath of man. But let thehigh praises of God be in our mouths, while we wield the swordof the word of God, with the shield of faith, in warfare withthe world, the flesh, and the devil. The saints shall be morethan conquerors over the enemies of their souls, through theblood of the Lamb and the word of his testimony. The completingof this will be in the judgement of the great day. Then shallthe judgement be executed. Behold Jesus, and his gospel church,chiefly in her millennial state. He and his people rejoice ineach other; by their prayers and efforts they work with him,while he goes forth in the chariots of salvation, conqueringsinners by grace, or in chariots of vengeance, to destroy hisenemies
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