Psalm 149 – Praise, Judgment, and Salvation

Psalm 149 calls for new songs of praise to God and the carrying out of His righteous judgements that were promised in writing. IMG_9223ed
We also find the requirement of heart and mind needed to pass from the judgement of God to the salvation of God.  The second phrase of verse 4 says, “[God] adorns the humble with salvation.”   It takes humility to tear off the robes of self-sufficiency and self-righteousness and be clothed in the gifted garments of God’s righteousness.   To admit that you have a need for God’s help is a work of God’s grace in your life.  Do you have a grace story in your life that tells how God brought you to humbly ask for His salvation?   Or do you have stories of life that reveal your continued pride in refusing God’s offered gift of help?

In the book of Acts we read of Saul’s prideful resistance but also of his humble conversion.  He explains the good news of salvation so well in his letter to the believers in Rome:

But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it–  the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,  whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.  It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.  Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law   (Romans 3:21-28).

Boasting is excluded when you are adorned in God’s salvation!


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