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1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with a voice of triumph.

2 For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.

5 God is gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.

6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

7 For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

9 The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 47

The people exhorted to praise God.

1-4 The God with whom we have to do, is a God of awful majesty.
The universal and absolute Sovereignty of a holy God would be
too terrible for us even to think of, were it not exercised By
his Son from a Mercy-seat; but now it is only terrible to the
workers of iniquity. While his people express confidence and
joy, and animate each other in serving him, let sinners submit
to his authority, and accept his Salvation. Jesus Christ shall
subdue the Gentiles; he shall bring them as Sheep into the Fold,
not for slaughter, but for preservation. He shall subdue their
affections, and make them a willing people in the Day of his
power. Also it speaks of his giving them Rest and settlement.
Apply this spiritually; the Lord himself has undertaken to be
the inheritance of his people. It shows the Faith and submission
of the saints. This is the language of every gracious soul, The
Lord shall choose my inheritance for me; he knows what is good
for me better than I do.

5-9 Praise is a duty in which we ought to be frequent and
abundant. But here is a needful rule; Sing ye praises with
understanding. As those that understand why and for what reasons
they praise God, and what is the meaning of the service. It is
not an acceptable service, if it is not a reasonable service. We
are never to forget the End of Messiah's exaltation, So
continually do the prophets Dwell upon the Conversion of the
nations to the Gospel of Christ. Why do we vainly fancy that we
belong to him, unless the Spirit reign in our hearts By Faith?
Lord, is it not thy Glory and delight to give Repentance to
Israel and remission of sins, now that thou art exalted as a
Prince and a Saviour? Set up thy kingdom in our hearts. Bring
into Captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. And So
sweetly constrain all the powers and faculties of the souls of
thy redeemed, into holy Love, fear, and delight in thee, that
praise with the understanding may rise from every Heart, both
here and for ever, to Thee, our God.

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