Some Bible students think that Psalm 149 is not only about a war that the Jews fought, or even a Christian war. It also makes us look at when Jesus will come back to the earth. Bible students call this ‘eschatology.’ It is the study of what happens at the end of the world. That is when God will have vengeance on his enemies. ‘Vengeance’ means ‘to hurt (or punish) people because they have hurt other people.’ God has often used some people to punish other, bad, people. But at the end of time, this is what the Bible tells us. God will use his people to give him help! Read Matthew 19:28 at the top of this psalm. Here it is the 12 disciples who will give the help. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 6:2 says, ‘The saints will judge the world.’ The word ‘judge’ means ‘decide if people are good or bad.’ If they are bad, it also means ‘decide how to punish them.’ The word ‘saints’ is how the early Church described all Christians.
But some translations of Psalm 149 also use the word ‘saints.’ They use it in verses 1, 5 and 9 where we have ‘his people.’ The Jews spoke the Hebrew language. The Hebrew word for ‘his people’ or ‘saints’ is ‘chesidim.’ It really means ‘people that have accepted God's kind love.’
His People (The 4th Hallelujah Psalm)
Sing a new song to the
Sons of Zion, be very happy because he is your king.
Make music to him with
He gives help to those who will take it.
He does this so that they can beat their enemies.
They will sing all night on their beds because they are so happy.
· bring God's
· lock their kings in prison;
· put their leaders in
· do whatever God decided should happen to them.
This is how God will make his people feel important.
Verse 9: God decided many centuries ago what to do to his enemies. At the end of time, it will happen.