This is a hymn of praise. It celebrates God’s universal rule over the nations. It calls us to SHOUT to God with the voice of TRIUMPH.
For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by the sons of Korah.
VERSE 1. Oh clap your hands, all you nations. Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
Shout to God If you want victory, SHOUT! It doesn’t say to pray silently or to wish for the best. It doesn’t say to change our doubts. It says to SHOUT!
with the voice of triumph! We are to shout to God, not with disappointment or rage or requesting, but with the voice of TRIUMPH!
VERSE 2. For the LORD Most High is awesome. He is a great King over all the earth.
King over all the earth. God is enthroned over all the nations. Other psalms that celebrate his enthronement are 93, 95, 96, 97, 98, and 99.
VERSE 3. He subdues nations under us, and peoples under our feet.
He subdues nations under us. This happened when Joshua led them into the Promised Land. They had conquered most of the inhabitants.
VERSE 4. He chooses our inheritance for us, the glory of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
VERSE 5. God has gone up with a shout, The LORD with the sound of a shofar.
a shofar. See the picture above.
VERSE 6. Sing praises to God, sing praises. Sing praises to our King, sing praises.
Sing praises. Note the fourfold occurrence of “sing praises.”
VERSE 7. For God is the King of all the earth. Sing praises with understanding.
VERSE 8. God reigns over the nations. God sits on his holy throne.
VERSE 9. The princes of the peoples are gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God. He is greatly exalted!
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