ordinances, a new covenant, and a new and living way to the holiest of all; a song proper forrenewed persons to sing, who have new favours continually to bless and praise the Lord for;
his praise in the congregation of saints: such who are partakers of the blessings of divinegoodness; are separated and distinguished from others by the grace of God; are sanctified andbrought into a Gospel church state; and who gather and assemble together to worship God, andattend upon him in his word and ordinances, and in such assemblies the praises of God are to besung; which being done socially, the saints are assisting to one another in this service; and it isdone with greater solemnity, and is more to the public honour and glory of God; thus Gospelchurches are called upon to sing the praises of God among themselves, Eph_5:19; and haveChrist for an example going before them, Psa_22:22.3. Henry, “The calls given to God's Israel to praise.
All his works
were, in the foregoing psalm,excited to
but here his saints in a particular manner are required to bless him4. Spurgeon, “You have had new mercies from the Lord—give Him, in return, a new song! Youhave a new apprehension of His mercy. You who live under this Gospel dispensation havesomething more to sing of than even David experienced! Therefore, “sing unto Jehovah a newsong”—throw your hearts into it! Do not let it be a matter of routine, but let your whole soul, inall its vigor and freshness, address itself to the praise of God!”5. Warren Wiersbe, “The psalmist isn't telling us to buy a new hymnbook. He means we shouldhave a new experience with the Lord so that we will have a new song of praise to give to Him.Every new valley that we go through, every new mountaintop we climb, every experience of lifeought to be writing on our hearts a new song of praise. When we face a difficulty, we have anopportunity to have renewed faith and see God do new things.In verse 1 the psalmist tells us to sing in the congregation. I can understand that command. Ienjoy congregational singing when people sing to the Lord. "Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; letthe children of Zion be joyful in their King" (v. 2). I am glad when God's people gather in acongregation of celebration, rejoicing in the goodness and the glory of the Lord.But he also tells us we should be joyful on our beds. "Let them sing aloud on their beds" (v. 5).This could be while we're resting or recuperating from an illness. Perhaps you're lying in bedright now, and you don't feel well. Sing praises to the Lord upon your bed and worship Him.Then the psalmist says, "Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword intheir hand, to execute vengeance on the nations" (vv. 6,7). This is a picture of warriors on thebattlefield, singing in the midst of the battle.It is easy to sing in the congregation, not quite so easy to sing on our beds and difficult to sing onthe battlefield. But if we sing, we'll glorify the Lord, and we'll grow. "He will beautify the humblewith salvation" (v. 4). We'll be happier and holier and more beautiful if we sing to the Lord.God brings you through different experiences so you may learn new dimensions of His love andgrace. What difficulty are you facing today? Don't simply endure or waste it. Use it as anopportunity to find a new song of praise to God.”6. Calvin, “This exordium proves what I have just said, that the exhortation now given isaddressed only to God’s people; for the singular goodness which is particularly extended to themaffords more ample matter of praise. The probable conjecture is, that the Psalm was composed atthe time when the people were begun to rejoice, or after they had returned to their native country