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Psalm 47

To the chief Musician,
A Psalm for the sons of Korah.

King James Version
1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the 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.1
 

References and notes
1.  King James Authorized Version
2. Spurgeon's Treasury of David - http://www.ewordtoday.com/comments/psalm/spurgeon/psalm47.htm

3. Matthew Henry Bible Commentary - http://www.ewordtoday.com/comments/psalm/mh/psalm47.htm
4.
Seventh-day Bible Commentary - Vol. 3 pg. 746
5. SDA Bible Commentary - Vol. 3 Pg. 617

 

 

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Division of Psalm 47

The scope of this psalm is to stir us up to praise God, to stir up all people to do so; and,
I. We are directed in what manner to do it, publicly, cheerfully, and intelligently (v. 1, 6, 7).
II. We are furnished with matter for praise.
1. God's majesty (v. 2).
2. His sovereign and universal dominion (v. 2, 7-9).
3. The great things he had done, and will do, for his people (v. 3-5).
Many suppose that this psalm was penned upon occasion of the bringing up of the ark to Mount Zion which v. 5 seems to refer to ("God has gone up with a shout");óbut it looks further, to the ascension of Christ into the heavenly Zion, after he had finished his undertaking on earth, and to the setting up of his kingdom in the world, to which the heathen should become willing subjects.3
 

 

 

Sons of Korah

In the superscription of 11 psalms the phrase "for the sons of Korah" appears (Ps. 42, 44-49, 84, 85, 87, 88). The Hebrew word translated "for" is le, the preposition translated "of" in the phrase "a Psalm of David". Korah's children escaped the punishment inflicted because of their father's rebellion against the authority of Moses (see Numbers 16:1-35), and their descendants became leaders in the Temple worship (1 Chron. 6:22; 9:19).5

We cannot agree with those who think that the sons of Korah were the authors of these Psalms; they have all the indications of David's authorship that one could expect to see. Every expert would detect here the autography of the Son of Jesse, or we are greatly mistaken. The Sons of Korah sang these Psalms, but we believe they did not write them.2
 

 

Festal Anthem

Psalm 47 is a festal anthem of purest praise to Jehovah, who is exalted as God not only of Israel but of all nations on the earth. It may be considered a development of the theme of Ps. 46:10. Psalm 46, 47 and 48 are closely related. As an anthem for public worship Ps. 47 was probably sung antiphonally by two choruses, one singing vs. 1,2, and 5,6, alternating with the other singing v. 9.4
 

 

Psalm read in Synagogue

This triumphant psalm is read in the modern synagogue service on the New Year, before the sounding of the shophar (ram's horn); on that day the universal rulership of Jehovah is emphasized in the ritual.4
 

 

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The Psalms Song Category is a great starting point for searching the songs which make up this music category. The song category page contains Daily Scriptures and easy links to song previews and song pages. The song pages include interesting background information and commentary about the songs and the Bible author. Sometimes there are links to related web pages including Bible Quotes, Sermons, Music samples, and Bible Puzzles.
 




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