Psalms 149:5

5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

Psalms 149:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 149:5

Let the saints be joyful in glory
In the glory put upon them now, being beautified with salvation; in the righteousness of Christ on them, and the grace of Christ in them, which makes them all glorious within; and in the glory they expect to have hereafter, both upon their bodies and souls, and in the hope of that, ( Romans 5:2 ) . Some copies of the Ethiopic version render it, "in his glory"; in the glory of Christ, asa divine Person and as Mediator, seen now in the glass of the Gospel, and will be the object of the beautiful vision hereafter; and now is, and then will be, matter of joy unspeakable, ( 2 Corinthians 3:18 ) ( John 17:24 ) . Or "gloriously" F12, in a glorious manner; as saints do rejoice, when they ascribe all the glory of salvation to the free grace of God and death of Christ, and rejoice on that account; saints have reason to rejoice, and indeed none but they; who being regenerated and sanctified, are meet for and shall partake of eternal glory;

let them sing aloud upon their beds;
while others are taking their rest and ease, let them meditate on the word of God; commune with their own hearts about their state and condition; remember the Lord, and his goodness to them; all which give an occasion to give thanks unto him, and sing aloud his praise, ( Psalms 63:5 Psalms 63:6 ) ( 119:62 ) ; and when they awake on their beds in a morning, after sound sleep and a good repose, it becomes them to praise the Lord, who gives his beloved sleep; and who only makes them sleep, and dwell in safety, ( Psalms 4:8 ) . And the phrase denotes the safe and secure state of the saints upon their beds, lying down and sleeping comfortably, having nothing to fear, the Lord sustaining them; and so may and should sing upon their beds, ( Psalms 3:5 Psalms 3:6 ) ; Yea, saints may sing upon their sick beds; since the Lord is with them there, and strengthens them on a bed of languishing, and makes all their bed in their sickness, ( Psalms 41:3 ) ; and even upon their death beds may sing aloud the triumphant song, "O death, where is thy sting?" &c. ( 1 Corinthians 15:55-57 ) . Saints in a future state are on beds; the grave is a bed, where their flesh rests in hope; and the bosom and arms of Jesus are the bed in which their souls rest; and where they are, not in a state of insensibility and inactivity, but are walking and talking, and singing aloud the praises of electing, redeeming, and calling grace, ( Isaiah 57:1 Isaiah 57:2 ) . So Arama interprets the saints on their beds, those that lie in the grave, when they shall rise from thence,


F12 (dwbkb) "gloriose", Castalio.

Psalms 149:5 In-Context

3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
The King James Version is in the public domain.