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For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
1 Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.2 For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.3 He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet.4 He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved. 5 God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. 7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. 8 God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne. 9 The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings[c] of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted.
Last Sunday was Christ the King Sunday – the last Sunday of the church calendar. The calendar leads to this Sunday as a way of showing that the Christian story ultimately leads to Christ’s enthronement as king and lord of all. As people of Christian faith, we live each moment of our lives differently, because we are confident of Jesus’ kingdom. Let’s reinforce that this morning by praying through Psalm 47. This psalm has a simple message: “Celebrate, because God is King!” As you go through the day, try to remember that whenever it seems that life is difficult, because earthly authorities are falling down on the job, God is already in charge of eternity and that is our true home. Moreover, God is able to use the mistakes and wickedness of people on earth for his own purposes. With our limited perspective, we cannot see how all this fits together. But we get glimpses. We may see how an illness or failure led to spiritual growth in our soul, and made us better able to minister to others. In heaven, we will see how every evil and tragedy actually worked for God’s greater good.