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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 47

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Second Book of Psalms (c 42-72)
Message: God is Still King (v 1-9)

Psalms 47 Commentary

(47:1) A Song of Praise - This psalm may have been written about the same event that Psalm 46 was written about - the Assyrian invasion of Judah by Sennacherib during Hezekiah's reign (2 Kings 18:13-19:37). 

(47:2) A Testimony Beyond Words  -The Lord Most High is awesome beyond words, but this didn't keep Bible writers from trying to describe him. And it shouldn't keep us from talking about him either. We can't describe God completely, but we can tell others what he has done for us. Don't let the indescribable aspects of God's greatness prevent you from telling others what you know about him. Whenever you tell parts of your life story, be sure to include how God has been at work in it. 

(47:9) The God of Abraham - Abraham was the father of the Israelite nation. The one true God was sometimes called the "God of Abraham" (Exodus 3:6; 1 Kings 18:36). In a spiritual sense, God's promises to Abraham apply to all who believe in God, whether Jew or Gentile (Romans 4111-12; Galatians 3:7-9). Thus, the God of Abraham is our God too.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Jesus is Lord

Each day, we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter, making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 47. In our text today, we see a theme of God being the King of the World, and one day, all nations will recognize His Lordship. We see a prelude to this now as every religion has to attempt to redefine the Bible, which states that Jesus is Lord. Other religions say Jesus is a good man, a prophet, and a wise teacher, having to explain him away because He cannot be ignored. One day, every knee will bow, and tongue confess that Jesus is Lord. In making an application, we see that since we will one day claim Jesus as Lord - why would we not receive Him and live for Him today? If we are honest with ourselves, we will admit that Jesus is Lord, and if we do, why would we not receive Him as Lord and Savior today? How about you? Do you see Jesus as Lord? If so, have you received Him as your personal Lord and Savior willing to live and serve Him.


Psalm 47

Psalm 47

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 9The 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.