Psalms 47:1


“He Is a Great King”

The Bible says in Psalms 47:1, “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” Clapping of hands is the making of noise. It certainly is something associated with music and singing. Concerning the making of noise we know that in the beginning God spake and there was light. God made noise in the beginning and God wants his children to make noise, to sing, to rejoice.

        It is not just any kind of noise however but it is the voice of triumph. The triumph refers to what Christ has done for you and what Christ will do for you. Psalms 47:2 says, “For the Lord most high is terrible; He is a great King over all the earth.”

This very truth is one reason some rules of some countries have great hatred for Christians. Some people who become too power hungry have great opposition against the truth of Christ as King of kings. Such a truth may seem strange considering we live in a world at least in this age in which God has given great freedom to man to do as he pleases. Christ is the king of kings yet the rulers of this world still dominate and control Christ does not stop them from doing so.

        The triumph in that Christ is the king of kings is that God created this world and God ultimately is the one who rules this world. Psalms 47:3 says, “He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.” He shall subdue. The world is not subdued yet. But the world shall be subdued one day. Yes the day is coming, the day of judgment, the day of the LORD when all the nations of this earth must be judged and then subdued under the feet of Jesus Christ and under the feet of His children. Because we know what shall happen we can sing with a voice of triumph in regards to the future regardless of the present.

Psalms 47:4 says, “He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom He loved. Selah.” The next thing mentioned is the inheritance. In the old testament the inheritance often refers to the promised land, all of Canaan. It is called the excellency of Jacob. What is special about this land of course goes back to Abraham. because of the faith of Abraham the land of Canaan has a special place in God’s heart.

Psalms 47:5 says, “God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.”  This verse seems to make reference to the resurrection of Christ and the rapture of the believers. Christ’ rising from the grave was the greatest event in human history and the next great event the next great thing God is going to do at the end of this age is the rapture of the believers.

I Thessalonians 4:16-17 says, “For the LORD himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the LORD in the air: and so shall we ever be with the LORD.”

Psalms 47:6-7 says, “Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.”

There are many great promises given in the Bible. Practically speaking one of the great promises is the rapture of the believers. It could very well be that before the return of Christ things in this world become very terrible for Christians. Life is about fiery trials. But we know that because God is the king of all the earth that he will return to deliver His children from this present evil world.

Psalms 47:8-9 says,  “God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of His holiness. 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.”


Psalms 47 undoubtebly emphasizes the greatness of God as ruler of all the earth. If you remember that God is in control then you will be able to accept the events and circumstances of your life which are beyond your control. It is a wonder truth to know that Jesus is the king of kings you can come to understand this truth by confessing your sins to Jesus and asking him to save you.



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