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 is the glory of all his faithful people.
Praise the LORD.
An interesting aspect of divine justice is that we, as children of God, will have an active and especial role when the time comes for God to call to account those who never wanted to accept his offer of redemption and instead set about ignore him or attack him. The apostle Paul gives us a hint about our role in God’s righteous plan when he says: “Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!” Something we can deduce from what has been revealed in Psalm 149: “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 is the glory of all his faithful people.”
Part of the activity that we shall do when the Lord Jesus Christ returns for His church is, therefore, to judge the wicked and carry out the execution of the sentence that results from their trial. But do not worry because we will be extensively trained by our Lord to do our job competently. This is our hope and what should motivate us to set our sights on the things that God will accomplish when he fulfills his promises of justice. We should praise God because we are part of His wonderful plan. To God alone be the glory!