“For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.”
Psalm 47: 2
This Psalm was for the ‘Director of Music’ to use in acts of worship by God’s people. Although seemingly attributed to the ‘sons of Korah,’ we see the character of David in the writing of the Psalm. This has led to some commentators suggesting that the sons of Korah were those who sang the Psalm. This little introduction, when put together with the Psalm itself, encourages us to see the value, worth and wonder of musical worship and the blessing of gifted leaders and musicians. There is power in Praise.
The Psalm itself is simply about the complete and ultimate Sovereignty of God. He is the creator of all things, rules over all and so is fully deserved of utter praise and exaltation. The Psalm may have been written for a specific occasion such as the return of the Ark of the Covenant or for the celebration of a particular victory, but who is to say that it was not used on more than one occasion, just as we re-use songs in our worship. Whichever is the case the truths that emanate from this Psalm are many, for example: the joy of praise; the holy nature of worship; the wonder and awe that can be seen in the character of God; the privilege of corporate worship; and the correct focus in said worship and praise.
There are also clear prophetic overtones and parallels to God’s salvation plan in Christ. As ‘God ascended,’ (4) so has Christ ascended to His rightful place of majesty (Philippians 2: 9-11). As all nations are under God, so will they be subject to Him in fullness on the day of Christ’s return as God’s purposes are fulfilled in and through Christ (Ephesians 1: 7-10, 2: 6-10).
A number of lessons come from this Psalm for us to apply in our lives and our worship:
The Question of Application
Try praying this Psalm, adding at the end of each verse, an appropriate prayer based on the circumstances you see in the world and face in your life.
Blessed are you, God of all the earth; you have called us out of every people and nation to be a royal priesthood and citizens of your holy city. May our words of praise call the world to turn to the joy of fellowship with you, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Rejoice, The Lord is King by William and Tina Slider
King of Kings sung by St. Aidan’s & Nikita Labdon
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