Psalms 47

Psalm 47

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God Is King over All the Earth

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

47   Clap your hands, all peoples!
    Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
  For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
    a great king over all the earth.
  He subdued peoples under us,
    and nations under our feet.
  He chose our heritage for us,
    the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah
  God has gone up with a shout,
    the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
  Sing praises to God, sing praises!
    Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
  For God is the King of all the earth;
    sing praises with a psalm!
  God reigns over the nations;
    God sits on his holy throne.
  The princes of the peoples gather
    as the people of the God of Abraham.
  For the shields of the earth belong to God;
    he is highly exalted!


Psalm 47 Commentary

by Hank Workman

Inheritance – A valuable possession that is a common heritage from nature. (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) The genetic characters transmitted from parent to offspring, taken collectively.  A quality, characteristic or other immaterial possession received from progenitors or predecessors as if by succession;  A portion, a birthright or heritage. (

In great praise of the God who called us and has destined us for His glory, the author of Psalm 47 draws our attention to one sheer fact – The King has made us heirs of His inheritance.  Paul spoke of this in such tremendous hope for those who follow Jesus echoes these thoughts.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.” – Ephesians 1:3-10

Simply consider:  He chose you before the foundation of the world.  He chose you to be holy and blameless based on His love for each.  He chose you to be adopted as children into His family. We are His heirs and have an eternal inheritance no one can buy or take away.

This inheritance was brought about by Jesus, for each and every one of us.  Through Christ we all have eternal blessings translating to the eternal benefits of knowing God.  These are our inheritance!  We were chosen for salvation, adopted as His children, forgiveness, insight, and gifts of the Spirit are all part of what He has given us through such inheritance.  We are given the power to do God’s will here on earth and the hope of something beyond this time and place as we will live forever with Him.

This is based on our intimate relationship with Jesus.  And note, these blessings are eternal, not temporal.  Many a person gets caught up in the here and now, in fact, we all struggle with this from time to time.  We want to choose our own health, wealth and even our talent’s/destinies.  Yet God’s desires and far-reaching plans are greater than what we can even imagine in our finite minds as to what is now and what awaits.

This is eternal grace.

Consider David, a man who was called as a young boy.  A warrior against Goliath who was destined for the throne.  A fugitive who found himself on the run again and again throughout his life and a man who gave into his sin yet would find himself redeemed and forgiven.  This is a man who understood grace on so many levels; a man who experienced the absolute inheritance of His God while on earth but the greater inheritance was to come through the glory of God in eternity.

And this is God’s grace extended to each of us.  It’s not something we can choose but is lavishly given to each.  For we cannot earn our salvation as we don’t deserve it.  No religious ritual, intellectual understanding or even our own moral efforts can bring it.  It all comes from a God who is filled with mercy and love.

So, shout for joy and clap your hands and be filled with praise to this God of ours who loves you and continues to call us beyond the wreckage of this life to something far greater than what we perceive or can understand.  You are an heir of Jesus who has redeemed you and called you personally by name.

Psalm 47 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

In Psalm 47, I am drawn to God’s sovereign choosing…

Psalms 47:4 ESV  He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah.

Jesus chose us before Creation. His choice for us was to be holy and blameless in the sight of God. His choice was for us to be adopted into the family of God as sons and daughters. His choice was to accomplish this by sacrificing His life and resurrecting to free us from sin and death. What Jesus chooses for our lives is ALWAYS better than what we choose for our lives. Though we love to be in control and choose our own dreams, blessings, and calling, God’s choice is always better. He’s proven this throughout history.

We also read in this Psalm of how God goes up with a shout.

Psalms 47:5 ESV  God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

Overall, the structure of the Psalm describes God coming down to subdue people and nations by His mighty hand. He then goes up with a shout and immediately following there is praise and worship. Here, we get a vision of how God works in our lives. He breaks in and interrupts our plans in an instant. He sends us on a detour we never planned. Then, after He has navigated us to where He’s called, He goes up with a shout and we are able to step back and see the big picture of how faithful He was. This stirs in us praise and adoration for our King. Similarly, Jesus came down to Earth to subdue people and nations. He died and then rose again with the shout, ascending into Heaven to be worshipped for eternity.

So, taking these two thoughts together, where is He choosing something for you that you have been resisting? Maybe you just need to reminded that God’s choice is always certain. Maybe you need to be reminded that He will be faithful in carrying you through. He will not abandon us and He will not lead us astray. He will be faithful to His choosing and then rise up with a shout so that we stand in awe of His sovereignty and power. Worship is waiting on the other side of our cooperation with His choices.

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