Psalm 47 – Praise the King of the Nations

There’s something about this Psalm that goes beyond itself. It’s talking about God ruling and reigning, and it’s talking about Him, in the context of some victory or other that’s been won. But you and I both know as we read this Psalm that it says something beyond itself. And we are living on the other side of the Incarnation and on the other side of Calvary and on the other side of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. And there’s more in this Psalm than meets the eye. The God who rules and reigns and “of His Kingdom there shall be no end” is Jesus Christ, our Lord and our Savior, because to Jesus has been given all authority.

Do you remember the Great Commission in Matthew 28? Do you remember the preface to the Great Commission in Matthew 28? “All authority in heaven and in earth is given unto Me, therefore go into all the world.” Therefore, go to all the nations because all authority in heaven and in Earth is given to Me. This Psalm is like one of those chocolate oranges–you may not know them, you will know them–those chocolate oranges that you can sometimes buy, and when you tap the orange it falls apart. And when you tap this Psalm, out of this Psalm comes a King and a Ruler, and He’s sovereign and He’s Jesus! He’s Jesus to whom has been given all authority in heaven and in earth.

What is this Psalm talking about? It’s talking about God subduing His enemies, choosing His people, gathering together a people for them to be called “the people of the God of Abraham.” And the powers of Satan have been subdued under the feet of Jesus Christ. Listen. “Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…and tongue confess”–what? – “That He is Lord of all.” That’s it isn’t it? That’s it exactly. That’s what the Psalm is talking about.

Oh, I don’t know whether the original singers of this Psalm knew what they were singing– sometimes I think they knew more than we think they knew, and sometimes probably they didn’t know a whole lot–but as they sang this Psalm they were singing of a Sovereign One, a Lord, a King Who was coming and Who was going to rule and destroy all of His enemies. Do you see Him? Do you see Him?

Ligon Duncan


Read Psalm 47. Consider God’s sovereignty over His vast kingdom – one that extends to all of the earth.  What does His reign mean for the people of Israel?  What does it mean for you, personally?  How might you worship Him in light of these things?

Let the Nations Be Glad by Matt Boswell

Posted on: April 9, 2021 - 6:42PM

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