Our Song of Praise

Read Psalm 47:1-9

"For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding" (v. 7). If anything should turn our hearts to joy and praise, it is that God is the King of all the earth. "God reigns over the nations" (v. 8). Circumstances may not always reflect this. What we read in the newspapers or see on the news may not give evidence that God is reigning, but He is! The Lord Jesus is enthroned in heaven today, and everything is under His sovereign control.

Someone may say, "But if He's running the whole world, He can't take much time for me." That isn't true. God sees your needs. He knows your name. He has numbered the hairs on your head. The King of all the universe is concerned about you.

Because God is King, we should sing. This psalm starts, "Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph. For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth" (vv. 1,2). God is sovereign, gracious and loving and therefore deserves our adoration. The psalmist implores in verse 6, "Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!" The best way to prove you believe that God is King is to sing praises. When we complain, we are saying that God doesn't know what He is doing, that He is not in control. But when we sing praises to the Lord, we acknowledge that He is King over all the earth.

The world refuses to acknowledge God as King and rebels against His authority. But God's people know He reigns over all the earth. You can sing His praises, for you know that He is also a gracious and loving God. You can praise Him because, as your personal Lord, He meets your needs. Praise Him today for who He is and what He has done in your life.

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