The Song and the Sword SERIES – Let’s Raise the Praise Psalm 149 NIV

The Song and the Sword
SERIES – Let’s Raise the Praise
Psalm 149 NIV
1 Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song,
his praise in the assembly of the saints.
2 Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the people
of Zion be glad in their King.
3 Let them praise his name with dancing and
make music to him with tambourine and
harp.
4 For the Lord takes delight in his people; he
crowns the humble with salvation.
5 Let the saints rejoice in this honor and sing for
joy on their beds.
6 May the praise of God be in their mouths and
a double-edged sword in their hands,
7 to inflict vengeance on the nations and
punishment on the peoples,
8 to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles
with shackles of iron,
9 to carry out the sentence written against
them. This is the glory of all his saints. Praise
the Lord.
If you put things between you and Christ, that’s
___________. If you put Christ between you and
things, that’s ___________.
Doxa – ___________
Our praise always ___________ ___________ of
God’s goodness and God’s greatness.
God is the infinite and perfect spirit in whom all
things have their s___________, s___________ and
s___________.
I. The C___________ to praise God
God is:
• Un___________
Psalm 90:2 GNV – Before you created the hills or
brought the world into being, you were eternally
God, and will be God forever.
• Un___________
• Un___________
• Un___________
Names God is given:
1. Maker – C___________
2. King – C___________
Exodus 15:20-21 NIV – 20 Then Miriam the prophetess,
Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the
women followed her, with tambourines and dancing.
21 Miriam sang to them: “Sing to the Lord, for he is highly
exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.”
II. The C___________ for praising
God
A. God made you God’s ___________
Zephaniah 32:17 GNV – The Lord your God is with
you; his power gives you victory. The Lord will take
delight in you, and in his love he will give you new
life. He will sing and be joyful over you,…
Luke 15:10 KJV – Likewise, I say unto you, there is
joy in the presence of the angels of God over one
sinner that repenteth.
Ephesians 3:14-19 GNV – 14 For this reason I fall on
my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every
family in heaven and on earth receives its true
name. 16 I ask God from the wealth of his glory to
give you power through his Spirit to be strong in your
inner selves, 17 and I pray that Christ will make his
home in your hearts through faith. I pray that you
may have your roots and foundation in love, 18 so
that you, together with all God’s people, may have
the power to understand how broad and long,
how high and deep, is Christ’s love. 19 Yes, may you
come to know his love—although it can never be
fully known—and so be completely filled with the
very nature of God.
God does not love us because we are
___________; we are ___________ because
God loves us.
B. God makes things all ___________ for us
C. God got you through the ___________
Praise put God in God’s ___________ place in our
lives.
III. The C_________________ of Praise
2 Chronicles 20 NIV – 1 After this, the Moabites and
Ammonites with some of the Meunites came to make
war on Jehoshaphat. 2 Some men came and told
Jehoshaphat, “A vast army is coming against you from
Edom, from the other side of the Sea. It is already in
Hazazon Tamar” (that is, En Gedi). 3 Alarmed, Jehoshaphat
resolved to inquire of the Lord, and he proclaimed a fast
for all Judah. 4 The people of Judah came together to
seek help from the Lord; indeed, they came from every
town in Judah to seek him. 5 Then Jehoshaphat stood up in
the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem at the temple of the
Lord in the front of the new courtyard 6 and said: “O Lord,
God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven?
You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and
might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you.

7 O our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this
land before your people Israel and give it forever to the
descendants of Abraham your friend? 8 They have lived in
it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying, 9 ‘If
calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment,
or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before
this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in
our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’ 10 “But now
here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose
territory you would not allow Israel to invade when they
came from Egypt; so they turned away from them and
did not destroy them. 11 See how they are repaying us by
coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an
inheritance. 12 O our God, will you not judge them? For we
have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us.
We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”
13 All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and
little ones, stood there before the Lord. 14 Then the Spirit
of the Lord came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah, the son
of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite
and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.
15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in
Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do
not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army.
For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow march
down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass
of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the
Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle.
Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance
the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not
be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them
tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.'” 18 Jehoshaphat
bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of
Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord.
19 Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites
stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with very
loud voice. 20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert
of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said,
“Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith
in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in
his prophets and you will be successful.” 21 After consulting
the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the
Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as
they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give
thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” 22 As they
began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against
the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were
invading Judah, and they were defeated. 23 The men of
Ammon and Moab rose up against the men from Mount
Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished
slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one
another. 24 When the men of Judah came to the place
that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast
army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no
one had escaped. 25 So Jehoshaphat and his men went
to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a
great amount of equipment and clothing and also articles
of value–more than they could take away. There was so
much plunder that it took three days to collect it. 26 On
the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Beracah,
where they praised the Lord. This is why it is called the
Valley of Beracah to this day. 27 Then, led by Jehoshaphat,
all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully
to 28 Jerusalem, for the Lord had given them cause to
rejoice over their enemies. They entered Jerusalem and
went to the temple of the Lord with harps and lutes and
trumpets. 29 The fear of God came upon all the kingdoms
of the countries when they heard how the Lord had
fought against the enemies of Israel. 30 And the kingdom
of Jehoshaphat was at peace, for his God had given
him rest on every side. 31 So Jehoshaphat reigned over
Judah. He was thirty-five years old when he became king
of Judah, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-five years.
His mother’s name was Azubah daughter of Shilhi. 32 He
walked in the ways of his father Asa and did not stray from
them; he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord. 33 The
high places, however, were not removed, and the people
still had not set their hearts on the God of their fathers. 34
The other events of Jehoshaphat’s reign, from beginning
to end, are written in the annals of Jehu son of Hanani,
which are recorded in the book of the kings of Israel. 35
Later, Jehoshaphat king of Judah made an alliance with
Ahaziah king of Israel, who was guilty of wickedness. 36 He
agreed with him to construct a fleet of trading ships. After
these were built at Ezion Geber, 37 Eliezer son of Dodavahu
of Mareshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying,
“Because you have made an alliance with Ahaziah, the
Lord will destroy what you have made.” The ships were
wrecked and were not able to set sail to trade.
Encountered a p___________ (2 Chr. 20:1-2)
Examined his p___________ (vs. 5-7)
Embraced a p___________ (vs. 8-11)
Express your p___________ (vs. 18-24)
Praise infuses the energy of God and confuses
the enemy of God.
Enjoy God’s p___________

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