1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
2 For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.
We start out Psalm 47 with another popular song that we sing in our churches today.
Clap your hands all ye people shout unto God with a voice of Triumph.
Clap your hands all ye people shout unto God with a voice of praise.
Hosanna. Hosanna. Shout unto God with a voice of triumph
Praise Him. Praise Him. Shout unto God with a voice of praise.
This is High Praise given to the Lord by David because we serve the Lord most high. He is a great King over all the Earth. He is so worthy to be praised. And not with just a soft voice but with a shout of praise and with the voice of Triumph!
What are you like when you’re at a basketball game that your son is playing in and they’re winning the game? Imagine your son steals the ball from the opponent and has a clear shot at the basket. He dribbles down the floor as fast as he can and he goes in for the layup. Do you just sit there quietly and say nice job son? Or are you up on your feet clapping your hands saying YES, YES! Are you cheering loudly as the team pulls away to victory? Jesus stole death from the devil. The devil had Him on a cross to die, and Jesus used that opportunity to redeem all mankind from the curse of sin. Then he defeated death by rising from the grave. We should give praise for God at least at the same level as we praise our son’s basketball team, even more. He brings us to victory every day of our lives. We should be clapping our hands and shouting out praise to Him on a regular basis. Make a joyful noise to the Lord. Hallelujah
3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.
4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
God will take care of the people that are coming against you. David knew that God was going to subdue those who came against him and God will put the other nations under His feet. I like the fact that he says God shall choose our inheritance for us. We don’t have to worry about the future. The Almighty God of the universe is in control and he will lead us to our future. He has wonderful plans for us (Jeremiah 29 11) to give us an expected end.
You see God is not surprised by anything that happens to you. It may take you by storm and it may seem like your life is going in circles with no purpose. But if you’re serving God the way you should be, then He’s in control and He will not lead you astray. Whatever He wants to take you through will be for your good will help you to grow in your relationship with him. Just be sure you’re giving Him the glory at every turn because He deserves it
5 God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.
Look at the number of times David says to give God praise in these three short verses. I count five times he says to sing praises for God is the King of all the earth. He is worthy of every word of praise that comes out of our lips. We cannot possibly praise him enough. How often do you take time to praise the Lord? Do you wait until you go to church on Sunday? Or do you take time every morning to say thank you Jesus. I praise you Lord for all the blessings that you bestow into me. I Praise You Lord For Loving Me. I Praise You Lord because you are King of Kings and Lord of Lords. I Praise You Lord because you lead me and guide me by your Holy Spirit every single day. I Praise You Lord because you give me breath this day, you let me walk on my two feet, I have hands, I have eyes, I have a nose and have ears. These are all things that you’ve given me.
8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
9 The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.
God is even ruling over the heathen. He’s in control of all things. He can use our enemies to bless us. He is above all and over all and in all. God needs to be greatly exalted everywhere we go. And we have plenty of opportunity to do that. It seems to me that people curse God and use the name of Jesus as a curse word more often and more easily than we lift up His name in praise. Let’s try to turn the tide on that. Let’s use Jesus name out in the Public Square and say praise the name of Jesus before somebody can use it as a curse word. They need to know His name is valuable. For it is only by His name that salvation is possible. One day every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Let’s help them make that decision today