by Tammy Phillips
November 6, 2021
“[Let] the high [praises] of God [be] in their mouth, And a two-edged sword in their hand,” (Psalm 149:6 KJV)
One day this happened!
- 6:30 AM:I was “Blue Letter Bibling” the phrase “two-edged sword.” “Blue letter Bibling” is when I use my Blue Letter Bible app as a search engine to discover things in the Bible. I found five verses, but I was drawn to Psalm 149:6 like a magnet. I heard the Lord say in my spirit, “It is time to sing again.” Before, I could dissect the verse…
- 6:31 AM:I received this link from one of my closest sisters in Christ… https://www.crosswalk.com/slideshows/7-reasons-singing-is-essential-to-the-christian-life.html Yes, you read it right. 7 REASONS SINGING IS ESSENTIAL TO THE CHRISTAIN. (You should also read it. It is very good.
- I looked at the content in verses of Psalm 149 that lead up to verse six…
- Praise ye the LORD.
- SING UNTO THE LORD A NEW SONG.
- Rejoice in Him that made you.
- Let the children be joyful in their King.
- Praise His name in the dance
- Sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
- The LORD takes pleasure in his people.
- He will beautify the meek with salvation.
- Be joyful in glory.
- Sing aloud upon your beds.(Psalm 149:1-5)
- 8:53 AM:Out of the blue, another dear sister in Christ sends me a song I have never heard before, a NEW SONG, My Worth Is Not In What I Own by Keith and Kristi Getty! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiNnhuw8q2I
“I rejoice in my Redeemer
Wellspring of my soul
I will trust in Him, no other
My soul is satisfied in Him alone”
- Let me get this right, LORD. I got a verse from You. I heard You say, “Sing again.” A sister sent me an article about the importance of singing. Your word directed me to sing a new song. Another sister sent me a new song. All of this in less than two and a half hours. Mind blown. Living amazed. I am undone. Selah. I just stopped there because I was overwhelmed by God.
- Fast forward to the next day between 2:00 and 3:00 AM. I could not sleep so I returned to Psalm 149:6 to dissect it. I “BLB’d” the verse and learned:
High is the Hebrew word, rômmâ which means exalting, uplifting; arising; celebrating; “get oneself up.” I also notice the words, “let, praise and be” are all italicized in the KJV which means they were not in the original Hebrew but added for clarity. The verse really could read:
The high of God in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand.
The exalting of God in their mouth…
The uplifting of God in their mouth…
The arising of God in their mouth…
The celebrating of God in their mouth…
Wait for it…
The “get oneself up” of God in their mouth…
Why do people drink? To get drunk and high.
Why do people roll smoke? To get stoned and high.
(Never thought I would be borrowing Hank Williams Junior’s lyrics for an encouragement.)
Want to get high?
I enCOURAGE you to sing again! Sing a new song! Do you know why we need the two-edged sword (word of God) in our hand? Among other things, it is our song book! “This is how I fight my battles! This is how I fight my battles. It may look like I’m surrounded, but I’m surrounded by You!”* His word is a two-edged sword, inspired and written into the Bible. We pick up the sword, repeat His word and then it is a two-edged sword coming from our mouth. It is how we fight our battles. It is how we get high. It is how we pick ourself up. It is how we do what we are supposed to do and bring glory to God.
“Even the tumult of our holy war is a part of the music of our lives.”– Charles Spurgeon
“For the word of God [is] living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV)
(To be continued…there is a perfect point #7 that came at 3:26 AM from my Mom, as I was writing this encouragement. Stay tuned tomorrow.)
*Lyrics for Surrounded, made famous by Michael W. Smith written by Elyssa Smith