“Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.
For the LORD Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.
He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet.
He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom He loved.
God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the LORD amid the sounding of
Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises.
For God is the King of all the earth; sing to Him a psalm of praise.
God reigns over the nations; God is seated on His holy throne.
The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham,
for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted.”
The author of Psalm 47 is one of the sons of Korah. He encourages the congregation to, within the worship setting, CLAP and SHOUT as expressions of joy and adoration to God, Most High, and why not? When we attend a sporting event whether it’s a professional game or our child’s league game, do we not do these things to cheer our team on or to show our pleasure for what our team has done? Of course we do, yet we feel that we must sit attentively, quietly, almost lamentingly in a worship setting, when Psalm 47 tells us to shout out our praises to God!
The son of Korah then gives us a long list of reason for such radical praise . . .
vs. 2 God is AWESOME and is the KING over ALL the earth!
vs. 3 He’s subdue (brought into submission) the other nations under us (Israel)
vs. 4 He gives us an inheritance
The son of Korah than writes that God “ascends (to His throne) with shouts of joy and the sound of trumpets (sounds like a King)!
We’re then instructed to sing praises to God, our King, and a song of wisdom (maskil—Hebrew song made to provoke thought), to the King of the earth Who reigns over the nations and Who is seated on His Holy throne. (vs. 6-8)
In the psalm’s closing verse (10), we see a word picture of all of the earth’s kings and leaders assembling together to worship God, Who is not only the King of kings, but Who literally owns the other leaders of the earth.
Often, when we look at the current events happening on our earth—the oppressions, wars, injustices and wicked leaders, it’s easy to become alarmed. We, like the writer of Psalm 47, have to stop and remind ourselves of Who is in control of earth’s events and Who is worthy of all of our allegiance! It’s Jesus—King of kings and Lord of lords, Who reigns over all the earth.
Think about it!