Psalm 149 is inviting the people of Israel to express their joy that they have been chosen by God and have come through great difficulty. Singing a new song and dancing is a glorious celebration. For me, the part I most want to understand is that “the Lord takes delight in his people.”
It has taken me a long time to really appreciate that the delight begins with God. When we rejoice, we are responding to God’s joyful love. The newest member of my family, Ella Marie, helps me. At about 4 months old, she can smile and even laugh. But each time, she is responding to the smile and laughter of someone delighting in her. Our celebratory joy, our singing a new song, is not to get God’s attention. It is a response to God’s great joy in us!
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