Psalm 47 Commentary
Clap your hands; shout to God; sound the trumpets; sing praises to God. The psalmist uses all these elements of worship in praising the Great King.
In the background are several thoughts providing a natural basis for this praise psalm.
The LORD Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. It is an acknowledgment of the rule of Christ overall. He is in charge. When the world lives in fear of technological advancement, tyrannical rule, or evil creations of the few most powerful individuals, then you know our appreciation of the facts presented in this psalm is quite low.
God reigns over the nations.
The psalmist is communicating to us the thoughts that must reside within the worshipper as they praise God. The mention of Abraham brings to the fore God’s covenant. The saints have it happen right in front of their eyes. The nations have been subdued. The saint may want to understand this victory as one emphasizing the rule of Christ within the saint and the entire Body of Christ rather than the political rule.
The kings of the earth belong to God. The thought once again emphasizes the reign of Christ over His creation. The picture that the rule of Christ is a small and confined effort, diminished in real value by increasing wickedness, is a false understanding of reality. God reigns over all. Christ is in charge.
Let praise flow with a deep appreciation that Christ reigns. The creator God works in all things for the good of His own. Of course, the devil doesn’t know a thing about this mystery.
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