Maybe sorrow, misery, bitterness, vengefulness…. And that’s because the shields – and those who wield those weapons of war – will belong to God at that point in earth’s history. But by joining in worship we “say and act out the reality that our lives and our world have been shaped by God’s loving rule.”6 Move 3: is to face the future with hope, trusting that one day the world will see the glory of God shining from the face of Christ. Well, then verse 5 brings us to the scene of Jesus Christ ascending the throne when he comes to rule the earth. That’s the way it is when we get rightly related to the God of the universe. So, do you suppose that when we see Jesus Christ mounting the throne in Jerusalem that we might possibly … “sing praises?” Yes! Psalm 47 Commentary: Israel Inherits the Land And in the Millennium, not only will Israel’s enemies be no more a threat to them – indeed, they’ll be worshippers alongside of God’s people! But have they not read Psalm 47, verse 2? Well, I think this psalm in front of us now – Psalm 47 – is a follow-up to that psalm. Christ’s throne will be holy. This is how you and I will respond when we see Jesus Christ mount his throne in Jerusalem. Christ will be a just ruler. The point is that God the LORD and king is a central figure in this psalm. Since God rules overall, all who join in the worship become partakers of God’s blessings. So, the psalmist is prophesying that the princes of the people – and I take that as a reference to the rulers of the Gentiles or the non-Jews – well, they gather together with the Jews – the people of the God of Abraham. We’ll do it in the Millennium when we see his coronation. God made Israel into a nation with a name and a land to dwell in. And that something is the Great Tribulation and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Now, in Psalm 47 God says to those same people: ‘Rejoice and be happy; the King of Israel is also the King of all the Earth.’” (Boice) But that’s not how the “people” entering the Millennium will feel. O clap your hands. It challenged the nations to observe that deliverance and stand in awe before God. And yet, this psalm declares that God the Lord is king over absolutely everyone…. Jesus Christ has returned and saved Israel. But in this verse here, who does it say will rule the whole earth in the Millennium? In any case Psalm 47:5 “expresses the theological heart of the psalter, God reigns.”3. Do you believe that? In verse 6 alone, the people are told four times to sing. “The early church used the psalm to celebrate the ascension of Jesus, a practice that is commonly followed still in the liturgy of many churches,” observes biblical scholar James Luther Mays.1, Long before Easter, Psalm 47 had a place in Israel’s worship. If you were to be bold enough to go out and ask anyone in your neighborhood, “Hey – who’s your king?” they would think you were crazy. There is a joy in submission – a joy in him conquering us, as it were. Psalm 47 proclaims that God is in heaven, ruling over earth.2 The Psalm summits in verse 5: “God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of the trumpet.” Some scholars have supposed that 47:5 envisions the entrance of God into the sanctuary, symbolized by the procession of the holy ark of the Covenant. But I do wonder if there’s something more to this psalm than just that. He will subdue those enemies under the feet of his people. Four times here in this verse alone we’re commanded to do this. Praises that take some thought and creativity and contemplation. Required fields are marked *. In the Gospel text the risen Jesus promises the disciples that they will be “clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). Israel rejoiced in being God’s people, but also in knowing God as LORD of all, not just some local deity. God has made Jesus’ feet “the head over all things for the church” (Ephesians 1:20-22). And I think what is so interesting is that those very people that we heard about in verse 1 – the ones who are called on to rejoice in God’s ruling over them – they’re going to need to be brought to a place where they are ready and willing to rejoice in that kind of arrangement – of God ruling over them and of them submitting to that rule. John Trapp Complete Commentary. Here’s why: God is Lord over all the peoples. Since ancient times Psalm 47 has been used for worship. It’s the second Millennial psalm that we’ve come across in the last two psalms we’ve studied! And he’s going to make everything right. We are furnished with matter for praise. First, this psalm could be saying that God is king even if his subjects – both Israel and the nations – don’t accept his ruling over them. So, we see that the people – which is likely a reference to the Gentiles who will enter the Millennium from the Great Tribulation – are called on in verse 1 of this psalm to clap and shout with great joy and triumph. In so short a Psalm, there is no need of any other division than that indicated by the musical pause at the end of Psalms 47:4. And in that bright future day when Jesus Christ rules on earth – the reality that we know of in the Church – of Jew and Gentile together in one body – will be fully realized on an international scale according to verse 9. But again, we must ask ourselves how this is going to happen. And we need to consider what is usually the reaction of a vanquished enemy? “God is king over the nations.” The kings and princes — those who wield power on earth — gather to worship God. 9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. Everyone is supposed to rejoice! Do you remember Psalm 46? 1. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. In particular events in history, God is at work delivering and saving Israel. Likewise the text from Ephesians speaks of Christ “seated at God’s right hand in the heavenly places, far above all” earthly power. Sing praises, &c. — These words are repeated four times in this verse, to show how vehemently desirous the psalmist was that God might have his due praise and glory: and of what great necessity and importance it was to men to perform this great, though much neglected duty; unto our king — For so he is in an especial manner. And even if we did have a king in the USA, he certainly wouldn’t be the king of anyone in another country. Unlike any other monarch in the history of the world. What is the alternative to “wealth gotten by vanity” in Proverbs 13 11? 3 He [shall subdue/subdues/subdued] [the people/peoples/nations] [under/beneath] us,and [the nations/nations/countries] under our feet. He will not persecute good. After all, the Gentiles were ceremonially unclean – and unclean in so many other ways in the Old Testament economy. The most natural and most enthusiastic tokens of exultation are to be used in view of the victories of the Lord, and his universal reign. It is an enthronement Psalm, not for an earthly king but for God. And so, just picture this glorious scene. And in the Millennium, not only will Israel’s enemies be no more a threat to them – indeed, they’ll be worshippers alongside of God’s people! It’s also one of 57 psalms labeled “a psalm” or in Hebrew mizmor. And God’s covenant name YAHWEH is found twice. And that’s the joyful reality that we’re reminded of in verse 7 – that God the Son will be the universal king. We know that from New Testament teaching. Hymns that express the faith of Psalm 47 for Christian worship: “Lift High the Cross” 660 (A processional, just as Psalm 47 is a processional) “This is My Father’s World” 824 (proclaims God’s rule over nature and history) “Rejoice for Christ is King ELW 430 (expresses joy in God’s reign). Paul’s letter to the Ephesians opens with a loving prayer. And so, this psalm that’s intended for use by the chief Musician which was written by the sons of Korah starts by immediately commanding a certain group to commence a certain action in verse 1.