A Season of Psalms - Psalm 47:1-4, 8
Psalm 47:1-4, 8
“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…God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
From what I’ve heard, the coronation of Henry VIII in June 1509 was spectacular. Both Henry and Catherine were resplendent in their attire, and the city streets adorned with tapestries, flags, and banners to celebrate such a joyous occasion. Even the horses were stately and adorned with gold and precious stones. Henry’s knights marched in royal blue robes in a coronation procession that began on June 23rd and ended on June 24th with the ascension of Henry to the throne, with Catherine as his queen. After receiving their crowns, a great banquet was held with delectable delights, followed by a jousting tournament. Can you imagine the sight? It was the inauguration of a new era in England’s line of monarchs.
Psalm 47 is an enthronement psalm, written for the coronation of a king, which in this case, is God Himself. The writer encourages the response of the people, as though God were processing through the streets of Jerusalem to take His rightful place on the throne, to “clap their hands…shout to God with songs of joy!” They are to laud Him as “a great king over all the earth” because He is a God of military might (v. 3) and compassion (v. 4). The people can’t help but rejoice and sing over the dawn of this new era in their lives (v. 6-7). The King is here, and He is ready to rule!
Does the King rule your life? When Christ died for you and you opened your heart to receive Him, you gave Him permission to rule every corner of your heart, even the dark places that you’ve struggled to keep hidden. When King Jesus is the Sovereign Lord of your life, there’s no reason to worry, no reason to fear, no need to hide. His presence in your heart inaugurates a new chapter in the history book of your life. With Christ in you, what will the next chapter say?
Further Reading: 1 Kings 3:5-9; Revelation 21:9-27
Pray with me today:
Lord, I give you my heart, I give you my soul. I live for You alone. Every breath that I take, every moment I’m awake, Lord, have your way in me. I pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen.