King Over All the Earth (Ps 47)

November 21, 2021 Download: Audio

Psalm 47

Like any passage of Scripture, to best understand it requires you to read it from the perspective of those who originally heard it. This Psalm is a call to praise the Lord. We often use these psalms to open our worship services, with God calling us to clap and sing his praises. And we do, but often divorced from the context that made such a call a welcome voice. Not just a welcome voice, but a helpful voice as we need a way to let out and express the building sense of what we’re feeling and experiencing. Just like the sad person can’t be told to “be happy,” it’s hard to invite people to worship with shouts and praises at a time when they feel no reason to shout. It’s why too many worship services are filled with people who stand when its time to sing, but don’t sing. I get it. When you have nothing to sing about, you don’t sing. (The good news is that songs can help us remember and reflect on things that will invite us to sing.) This is why the ancient context can help us understand the psalm’s impact upon the original audience, but also appreciate the implications in our world today. When we do, it will fill us with joy to such an extent that clapping and shouting are unavoidable. Wouldn’t it be great, in such a day as this, to be so overwhelmed with a sense of joy that we couldn’t contain it? Let’s look.