Psalm 47: Sing your Praise with Understanding

For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding. Psalm 42:7

God, the King of All the Earth, Reigns

Psalm 47, a royal psalm attributed to the sons of Korah, presents the grand ascent of the King of Kings to His throne. The psalm also presents the joy of the people over the fact that the great King’s rule means the end of all inequity, warfare, and trouble. The poets of Scripture knew that God is King as Creator of the world, that He is King of His people because He is their Savior, and that He is the coming King in the prophetic future. This last is the focus of Ps. 47. The structure of the poem is as follows: (1) a call to shout in triumph at the coming of the King; (2) a call to shout in triumph at the enthronement of the King; (3) a call to rejoince in the rule of the King.

47:2 He will subdue: The promise of the eventual victory of God’s people under the leadership of their great King is a basic focus in the Bible. The outcome of the final battle was determined long ago by God.

Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! 2  For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. 3  He will subdue the peoples under us, And the nations under our feet.

47:4 The words whom He loves are perhaps the most significant contribution of this poem to our understanding of God’s purposes. To love means “to make one’s choice in.” God had chosen the Israelites to be His holy people and in that way He loved them. In his dialogue with Nicodemus, Jesus explained that God’s love extended to all the nations as well as to Israel (John 3:16).

4  He will choose our inheritance for us, The excellence of Jacob whom He loves.

 

 

47:8, 9 God reigns: We know that God is King over the earth. There are other forces clearly at work, but they function only by His permission. One day there will be an end to all evil, to all acts of rebellion, and to all acts of oppression. The people of the God of Abraham: This is the prophetic picture of the ultimate fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant. One day all the peoples of the earth who have come to faith in God through Jesus will discover that they are one people. They are all the true seed of Abraham, because they, like Abraham, believed in God. Then all shields will belong to God; there will be no other power on earth or in the universe apart from the power of God. Greatly exalted comes from the term meaning “to go up,” the same root used in v. 5. God’s ascent to His throne will come with the enthronement of Jesus and His coming rule in the New Jerusalem (Rev. 20).

8  God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne. 9  The princes of the people have gathered together, The people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted.

⇒ God has given us the Bible, so that we may get to know who He is.  What kind of God He is.  So that we don’t praise Him blindly but with understanding.


God Is the King of All the Earth

47 1  To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph! 2  For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. 3  He will subdue the peoples under us, And the nations under our feet. 4  He will choose our inheritance for us, The excellence of Jacob whom He loves. Selah 5  God has gone up with a shout, The Lord with the sound of a trumpet. 6  Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! 7  For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with understanding. 8  God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne. 9  The princes of the people have gathered together, The people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God; He is greatly exalted.

 

 

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