Psalms 149: Biblical Authority
Psalms 149 is not very long, but it seems to cover an awful lot of ground. The ending is somewhat perplexing, so I guess that is what we will focus on today. Maybe we can make some sense out of it.
Psa 149:5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
Psa 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
Psa 149:7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
Psa 149:8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
Psa 149:9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.
I think that it is interesting to first of all draw a parallel. There is a reference elsewhere in the Bible to a twoedged sword.
Heb 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Although Hebrews had not been written yet, the obvious parallel makes me think that there is something here. It also makes sense in relation to that Psalm. We can with the praise of God in our mouths, but we also need the word of God in our hands.
Now why do we have this?
There is one very important word. We’re executing the judgment that is written. In other words, the judgment that is in in the Bible.
It is not the believers who are setting the standards. God is the one setting the standard. The judgment has already been written. As Christians, it seems as if we have a responsibility to tell people what we know. We have a responsibility to conduct ourselves in such a way that we uphold the law of God. Perhaps we even have the responsibility to take action and speak out against things that we know are Biblically wrong.
This Psalm makes me think about the value that we place on the Bible. In verse six, it is clearly mentioned that we ought to have the word of God as our sword. Then, beyond that, we ought to be people are willing to stand for what was been written. Throughout history, Christians have been influential politically, culturally and intellectually. That is what the end of this chapter feels like to me. Based upon the word of God, we can be revolutionary. Even if we are going against the world, we can be carriers of what has been written.