I’ve been reading and studying lately in The Book of Psalms. Of course, this isn’t the first time I’ve done so, but it had been awhile.
Reading in the PSALMS can be uplifting, encouraging, convicting by the Spirit of God and this study was no exception. However, the “this time” was more than a casual read, the underlining of verses…it became an eye opener to my spiritual well-being.
My hope for you is… this word study may just bring attention to your the “carelessness of spirit”; while attending Worship Services on Sundays, or whenever we sing and give our praises to Almighty God, all along while pretending we got everything down pat. After all, we do the same thing–the “same- O, same-O”, when we attend church. In fact, I’ve heard some people exclaim, while holding a 46 oz. travel mug of coffee, “I can’t sing, so I just ‘lip-sing’ ; no one around me even knows, and besides...the music is too loud anyway.”
I’ve come to learn, while in PUBLIC WORSHIP… is not about me…or you. It’s not centered on us, but on God. Though WORSHIP may have some benefits for us, it’s not about us. It is never based on whether we FEEL like it, whether the music is to our liking, or whether we are pleased with the situation we find ourselves in.
PSALM 47: To the Chief Musician
Unusual and Enthusiastic Expressions –
VERSE 1: O CLAP your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph and songs of joy!
I find myself watching the 12th Man parade this morning on local television, celebrating the NFL World Champions, the Seattle Seahawks. As they proceed , surrounded by the throngs of fans cheering (700,000) uncontrollably for their hometown sport heroes, for all they’ve accomplished. It seems like the jubilation will be going on all afternoon. Are the all the people weirdos? No! Most are sincerely excited, and besides…doesn’t everyone need a hero in their lives at times?
 O CLAP your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph and songs of joy!
 For the Lord Most High excites terror, awe, and dread; He is a great King over all the earth.
 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.
 He chose our inheritance for us, the glory and pride of Jacob, whom He loves. Selah [pause and calmly think of that]!
We Can See JOY in the True Spirit of Worship–
JOY in God’s character…
JOY in His reign…
JOY in the triumphs of His Word (the GOSPEL)…
“O CLAP YOUR HANDS!”
Such expressions by the casual observer may seem a bit over zealous, but it shouldn’t be hastily censured and condemned, much less ridiculed; because if they come from an upright heart, God will accept the strength of the affection.
[Verse 1] “Peoples” in the plural here, is used in calling both Jews and Gentiles–all nations. And “Shout to God” – Jubilate Deo:
In GOD, and concerning GOD, and in honor of GOD.
GOD doesn’t excite us to carnal JOY.
JOY in His favor, His blessing on His saints.
“The terrors of the Lord” – [Verse 2]:
“For the Lord Most High excites terror, awe, and dread; He is a great King over all the earth.”
When I first came upon the word, “terrors”, I must admit I was puzzled at first. Being in terror would most likely curb the enthusiasm, the excitement of clapping and shouting. Can you imagine the effect terror would have on 80,000 football fans, enclosed in a stadium, while there was the treat of terror in the building?
For the Lord most high is Terrible…
Christians celebrate Christ’s ascension–the Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus–and He was “highly exalted!” Then, He became TERRIBLE to His enemies, all power in heaven and earth being committed to Him.
And then He began to display the excellent Majesty, His universal kingdom for all to see, being crowned King of kings, and Lord of lords.
None can resist His POWER or stand before His vengeance; yet as these terrors are carried out in behalf of His subjects. All fit reasons for REJOICING! His Omnipotence is terrible to crush, is almighty to protect!
God is “all-powerfulness,” “almighty”, in other words, when God wants something done, it is done! The apostle Paul wrote of God’s omnipotence--it is the sense that He is “above all,and through all, and in all” (Eph. 4:6).
THE UNUSUAL REIGN OF CHRIST, as it is, and is to be!
The Hope of Victory to the Church – [Verse 3]:
“He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet.”
What shall be subdued? By whose means? – Us.
By whose power? – His.
When shall it be accomplished and what is the symbol? – The Ascension (Psalm 47:5).
The final triumph for ALL BELIEVERS in Christ Jesus IS… all enemies are subdued under them in earth, and hell, within and without–gradually at first, then completely.
God’s Willingness – [Verse 4]:
“He chose our inheritance for us, the glory and pride of Jacob, whom He loves. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!”
His willingness to choose our inheritance in time and eternity.
His choice is better than ours–the excellency of Jacob.
He will leave us to the consequences of our own choices.
He will help us in obtaining that which He chooses for us by His Spirit.
The Ascension – [Verse 5]:
“God has ascended amid shouting, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.”
It’s publicity, solemnity, triumph, and joy!
Jesus, who went up…
Where He went up…
To what purpose…
With what result…
“O clap your hands people and shout…with the voice of triumph and songs of joy!”
The Importance of Songs of Joy [Verse 6]:
“Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!”
Why do SONG LEADERS in our worship services today, repeat the choruses over and over again? The same question was probably asked years ago, when the worship leaders would have us sing every verse to a hymn on Sunday mornings.
Repetition can censure at times our slackness– that implies earnestness, frequency, delight and joy in singing, which should characterize the PRAISES offered.
Sing Praises with Understanding – [Verse 7]:
“For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises in a skillful psalm and with understanding.”
How can we make JOY in our hearts to God singing?
According to Psalm 47:7, we must sing with UNDERSTANDING, not by the watches on our wrists but by the WORDS OF THE SONG; we must give our attention to the content more than the music and consider WHAT WE SING as well as HOW WE SING;
“the time may affect the fancy, but it is the matter that affect the heart, and that…God principally sees.”
The word MASCHIL is used in the Psalms many times and Psalm 47 is not an exception. It means to instruct with understanding, denoting a song which enforces some lesson of WISDOM or PIETY; a didactic song or Psalm [BibleStudyTools].
So, with that in mind, we must sing wisely to prevent a “carelessness of spirit” in our Worship & Praise services each week. If we will sing gratefully, then we will ENJOY what we sing.
In other words, we should SING as we should PRAY:
“The what am I to do? I will PRAY with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will also pray [intelligently] with my mind and understanding; I will SING with my spirit [by the Holy Spirit that is within me], but I will SING [intelligently] with my mind and understanding also” (1 Corinthians 14:15 AMP).
If we don’t understand what we sing, it promotes carelessness of spirit, hardness of heart; and this makes the worship service immaterial and impudent.
The princes and nobles of the peoples are gathered together, a [united] people for the God of Abraham, for the shields of the earth belong to God; He is highly exalted.
Christ’s GATHERING of the saints together with Him, will be at His second coming; His coming judgment, and His return will be as He ascended…“with the sound of a trumpet” [See 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18].
BUT RELATIVE to the coming of
our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)
and our GATHERING together to [meet] Him…
~ 2 Thessalonians 2:1~
The Covenant Promise Will Be Fulfilled…
“In thee and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” – “to Him shall the gathering of the people be.”
“For the Shields of the Earth Belong to God” [vs. 9]
All te Pomp & Circumstance, the emblems of rank and position, weapons of war, ALL WILL pay homage and bow down to the King of all.
Those who are the earth’s protectors, the shields of society, derive their might from Him and are His. ALL principalities and powers will be subject to Yahweh and His Son, for He is greatly exalted in nature, in power, in character, in glory, NONE to compare with Him. Oh, the vision of things to come!
“Applause, everyone. Bravo, bravissimo!
Shout God-songs at the top of your lungs.”
~ Psalm 47:1 The Message Bible ~