Praise you the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
Breathes the spirit of intense joy and eager hope in the period which succeeded the return from Babylon. The poet saw in their return so signal a proof of the Divine favor, that he regarded it as a pledge of a glorious future yet in store for the nation. But language like that of vers. 6-9 is no warrant for the exhibition of a similar spirit in the Christian Church.
I. A NEW ERA IN THE LIFE OF THE NATION OR INDIVIDUAL FURNISHES NEW MATERIAL FOR PRAISE. (Ver. 1.) Escape from a miserable captivity and the return home was a new national experience, if they had not lost the spirit of freedom. How many eras in our individual life correspond to this? A long sickness recovered from, or a long habit of sin escaped from.
II. SOCIAL WORSHIP IS MOST CONGENIAL TO THE SPIRIT OF PRAISE, (Ver. 1.) The people were summoned to rejoice in the congregation. Enthusiasm of any kind more easily inspired in a multitude than in an individual, and more easily propagated.
III. WE ARE TO REJOICE IN OUR CREATOR AND KING AS OUR REDEEMER. (Vers. 2, 3.) Such a King will not leave them subject to alien rule, but redeem them.
1. For God rejoices in his near relation to his people. (Ver. 4.) Takes pleasure in his fellowship with them and in their welfare.
2. He delights to array them in honor and glory. To put beauty and glory upon the outcast and afflicted.
IV. THE JOY OF THE REDEEMED WILL UTTER ITSELF IN PRIVATE AS WELL AS IN PUBLIC. (Ver. 5.) "Upon their beds." In their most restful moments they will exult in God's favor now, and in hope for the future. - S.
Parallel VersesKJV: Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.