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1 (To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.) O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.

2 For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.

5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

9 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.

Commentary for Psalms 47

The people exhorted to praise God.

1-4 The God with whom we have to do, is a God of awful majesty. The universal and absolute sovereignty of a holy God would be too terrible for us even to think of, were it not exercised by his Son from a mercy-seat; but now it is only terrible to the workers of iniquity. While his people express confidence and joy, and animate each other in serving him, let sinners submit to his authority, and accept his salvation. Jesus Christ shall subdue the Gentiles; he shall bring them as sheep into the fold, not for slaughter, but for preservation. He shall subdue their affections, and make them a willing people in the day of his power. Also it speaks of his giving them rest and settlement. Apply this spiritually; the Lord himself has undertaken to be the inheritance of his people. It shows the faith and submission of the saints. This is the language of every gracious soul, The Lord shall choose my inheritance for me; he knows what is good for me better than I do.

5-9 Praise is a duty in which we ought to be frequent and abundant. But here is a needful rule; Sing ye praises with understanding. As those that understand why and for what reasons they praise God, and what is the meaning of the service. It is not an acceptable service, if it is not a reasonable service. We are never to forget the end of Messiah's exaltation, so continually do the prophets dwell upon the conversion of the nations to the gospel of Christ. Why do we vainly fancy that we belong to him, unless the Spirit reign in our hearts by faith? Lord, is it not thy glory and delight to give repentance to Israel and remission of sins, now that thou art exalted as a Prince and a Saviour? Set up thy kingdom in our hearts. Bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. And so sweetly constrain all the powers and faculties of the souls of thy redeemed, into holy love, fear, and delight in thee, that praise with the understanding may rise from every heart, both here and for ever, to Thee, our God.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 47

  • Ronnie Lawson
    Psalm 47 is awesome, it talk about God is the King,and I Love when they say praise the Lord,He is worthy to be praised.praise Him no matter what praise Him.
  • Wandiga john for verse 7
    it is a well written verse to show the MIGHTY RULING KING WHO IS GOD
  • Michael Omigie for verse 7
    For God is the king of all the earth, sing praises to him with revelation - with spiritual Insight.
  • La Parker for verse 7
    Don 't just sing but understand why you sing
  • Twila McKay Smith
    It is a blessing to be able to praise the Lord Jesus. He is everything, everywhere, and we do not need to worry, because he will take care of us and things around us. Our main thing in life is to follow Jesus word and share it with others, we need not worry about the world, because he is going to concur and win all. Give him the glory and not man. God bless each and everyone of you daily.
  • Amadi, Kelechi
    Dis psalm is a call for all to praise God. Yea we need to praise God always cause we cant count all his blessings upon us. God wields all d power nd had subdued d power of Satan nd his cohorts. He said He will choose our inheritance for us nd dat reminds me dat if God b for us, who then can b against us. With this let us reason the type of inheritance He will choose for us, cause as He promised he said His thought for us is thought of good and not evil, He love us, He cares for us, so do yu think He will choose for our inheritance something that will not gladden our heart by no means no cause He who calls us able. So let us at all time thank nd praise His for cares for us nor than our earthly parents do. May His name b glorified in our lives nd by our lives both now nd forever Amen.

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In Psalm 47, God is referred to as the king of what?
  • Earth
  • Israel
  • The West
  • The Stars
  • Believers