Psalm 47

Ruling in Majesty: A Glimpse of Christ's Kingdom



Psalm 47 is a joyful celebration of God's kingship. The people of Israel rejoice, not only because of God's sovereignty over their nation, but over all the earth. This psalm may have originally been composed for a feast day, but its message resonates to the current age. As New Covenant believers, we can read this psalm through the lens of Christ's ultimate victory, His ascension, and His reign.

Section 1: Theme: Joyful Praise - Verse: (1-2)

"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."


This portion of the Psalm corresponds beautifully to the joy found in Christ's victory over death and His ascension to the right hand of God the Father. As believers, our response to the majesty and power of Christ should mirror the enthusiastic joy expressed in these verses. Christ, like the Lord portrayed here, is a great King over all the earth, deserving of our praise and reverence.

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Section 2: Theme: God's Sovereign Rule - Verse: (7-9)

"For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm! God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.The princes of the people gather as the people of the God of Abraham.For the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted!"


The New Covenant fulfills the promise that all peoples, not just the physical descendants of Abraham, will be blessed through him (Galatians 3:14). Christ's reign extends over all nations, just as God is depicted in this psalm. As Christians, we gather as one people under the sovereignty of Christ, exalted above all.

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Psalm 47, viewed through the lens of the New Covenant in Christ, exalts the universal reign and victorious rule of God, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus.

The psalmist's call to clap hands, shout, and sing praises to God reflects our own response of joy and adoration for Jesus, who has triumphed over sin and death (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).

The psalmist's proclamation of God as the great King over all the earth anticipates Jesus' ultimate authority and dominion as King of kings and Lord of lords (Revelation 19:16).

The psalmist's recognition of God's subjugation of the nations under His feet points to Jesus' victory over the powers of darkness and His mission to gather people from every nation into His kingdom (Matthew 28:18-20).

The psalmist's emphasis on God's reign and enthronement invites us to acknowledge Jesus' exaltation and His rightful place as the exalted Son of God (Philippians 2:9-11).

The psalmist's call for all peoples to praise God emphasizes the inclusive nature of Jesus' salvation, which is offered to all who believe in Him (John 3:16, Romans 10:12).

Psalm 47 exalts the universal reign of God, finding its ultimate fulfillment in Jesus Christ, our victorious King, and the object of our praise and worship.