Psalm 149:6 - 9 “May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, to bind their kings with fetters, their nobles with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them.”
This psalm talks of the role of the saints in inflicting vengeance on the nations. Yet Paul says in Romans 12:19 it is God who will avenge us, He will repay. We are told to not take revenge but to leave it to God. So, if this is the Lord’s desire, why then in Psalm 149 is it saying we will inflict vengeance?
The bible is clear in Ephesians 6:12 that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. In fact Jesus told us that what we bind on earth will be bound in heaven and what we loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. Psalm 149 is obviously speaking of our role in dealing with the spiritual realm. The king and nobles would be the rulers and the authorities of this dark world.
James confirms our psalm’s method for this kind of struggle. He says in chapter 4 and verse 7 that we are to submit ourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. What does submit yourself to God look like? Our scripture above say may the praise of God be in our mouths. When we praise Him, we are submitting to Him by acknowledging His goodness, His grace, His power, and His glory. When we come into that place, we can then wield the two edged sword, which Hebrews 4 tells us is the word of God.
Isaiah 54:17 says that our inheritance from the Lord is that no weapon forged against us will prevail, and we will refute every tongue that accuses us. We have the right to break any word spoken against us and that no weapon formed against us will succeed. This is the power of the two edged sword in our hands. 1 John 3:8 says: “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.” We have been given the same mandate to fulfill His work. Praising the Lord is the first step in releasing what God has called us to do.
Prayer: “Father, I praise you and exalt you. I submit to you my whole being and praise Your name. Release your revelation and discernment to me that I may know how to pray in Jesus’ name.”