And one of their chief purposes for existing is to deny that Jesus Christ is God come in flesh. Our joy in God may be demonstrative, and yet he will not censure it. He is omniscient. And so, God is going to need to do something to make this happen. The Gentile people will be either with the people who have worshipped Yahweh for millennia – or the Gentile people will be considered as if they actually were the people who have worshipped Yahweh for millennia. I have always found this fascinating that after the thousand year rule with the Lord Jesus as King here on earth that not a few but, many are led astray by the adversary and to such an extent and resultant punishment: 7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. Learn how your comment data is processed. But have they not read Psalm 47, verse 2? Since ancient times Psalm 47 has been used for worship. For the Lord, or JEHOVAH, the self existent and only God; Most high, most great in power, lofty in dominion, eminent in wisdom, elevated in glory. He will be a terror to evil in the purest way. The theological meaning is that that God rules over all nations — indeed of the entire universe. But I do wonder if there’s something more to this psalm than just that. We’ll do it in the Millennium when we see his coronation. And as we wait for these promised realities to materialize, we ought to highly exalt this God – who is our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ – and who will one day cause us and the entire universe to rejoice in his universal reign. It is plain to see why Christians have used it on Ascension Day. All ye people. In particular events in history, God is at work delivering and saving Israel. It’s also one of 57 psalms labeled “a psalm” or in Hebrew mizmor. In the New Testament, we find a similar expression: “Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy”(1 Peter 2:10). Verse 1. And even if we did have a king in the USA, he certainly wouldn’t be the king of anyone in another country. So, how are you going to react when you see this? In Psalm 47, the LORD reigns. And in that bright future day when Jesus Christ rules on earth – the reality that we know of in the Church – of Jew and Gentile together in one body – will be fully realized on an international scale according to verse 9. There are two possibilities that I think are legitimate. He cannot be bribed. A resource for the whole church from Luther Seminary. But again, we must ask ourselves how this is going to happen. Likewise the text from Ephesians speaks of Christ “seated at God’s right hand in the heavenly places, far above all” earthly power. Commentary on Psalm 47:1-4. of Move 1: proclaim what God has done for us in the past, including the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. There is a before and an after, defined by the mighty acts of God. We read about that in verse 4. 2James Limburg, Psalms (Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2000), 156. 3New Interpreter’s Bible, vol. EXPOSITION. Move 2: work with our present experience as people who seek to follow Jesus, but who do not always see his reign and therefore must live by faith. That is, they will rejoice! External Opposition to God’s Work and the Response of God’s People in Nehemiah 2. So, we see that the people – which is likely a reference to the Gentiles who will enter the Millennium from the Great Tribulation – are called on in verse 1 of this psalm to clap and shout with great joy and triumph. How are you going to react when you see Jesus Christ ascend the throne in Jerusalem? Humanity is currently allowed to just do as we please, more-or-less. In any case Psalm 47:5 “expresses the theological heart of the psalter, God reigns.”3. The Psalm may be spoken or sung, and it can also be preached. Since God rules overall, all who join in the worship become partakers of God’s blessings. After all, the Gentiles were ceremonially unclean – and unclean in so many other ways in the Old Testament economy. The story of Jesus up to and including the ascension became for Christians a new point of reference for “celebration of God’s rule.”4. What is the alternative to “wealth gotten by vanity” in Proverbs 13 11? What approach to making money will increase it according to Proverbs 13 11? How do defeated opponents usually respond to their triumphing foe? It will be completely unique. The obvious connection is that Christians applied “God has gone up with a shout” (Psalm 47:5) to Jesus being “lifted up” into the sky (Acts 1:9). He has come back with resurrected saints – with you and me, I trust. And perhaps an Old Testament Hebrew might think that ruling over the Gentiles – the goyim – and God’s holiness would be mutually exclusive realities. Perfect peace and love and joy. And in the Millennium, Jesus Christ will literally and bodily rule from his throne in Jerusalem. Psalm 47 proclaims that God is in heaven, ruling over earth.2 The Psalm summits in verse 5: “God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of the trumpet.” Some scholars have supposed that 47:5 envisions the entrance of God into the sanctuary, symbolized by the procession of the holy ark of the Covenant. Christ’s ascension empowered them. Psalm 47 includes “the memory of the past, experience of the present, and hope for the future.”5 Here is a natural outline for a three part sermon. Now, in Psalm 47 God says to those same people: ‘Rejoice and be happy; the King of Israel is also the King of all the Earth.’” (Boice) The joy is to extend to all … And we need to consider what is usually the reaction of a vanquished enemy? Because we’re told in verse 6. And in the Millennium, not only will Israel’s enemies be no more a threat to them – indeed, they’ll be worshippers alongside of God’s people! And to the original Hebrew audience of this psalm – and to the future Jewish recipients of this treasured land – this is such joyful news that the author of this psalm was inspired to add a “selah” – which if that means something like a high point or crescendo – is very fitting for how they’ll feel about finally getting their land in-full after literally thousands of years of collective waiting. 8 God [reigneth/reigns] over the [heathen/nations]:God [sitteth/sits] [upon/on] [the throne of his holiness/his holy throne]. But there is a deeper theological meaning, for “Jesus of Nazareth connected his career with the announcement of the reign of God (Mark 1:14-15),” observes James Luther Mays. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Now, that word translated in the KJV as “understanding” is the Hebrew word maskil. Why? Nothing will escape his notice. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Well, you and I actually already know how we’re going to respond. In other words – whereas currently a person is either a Jew or not – in the Millennium there will be the closest of connections between Jew and Gentile. <[To/For] the [chief Musician/choir director/music director],A Psalm[for/of/by] the [sons of Korah/Korahites].>, So, Psalm 47 is one of 55 psalms that is addressed to the “chief Musician.”. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises:sing praises [unto/to] our King, sing praises. And they will discover what verse 2 tells us – that he is to be feared – he’s terrible in that sense. No more injustice. And we know from the rest of Scripture that it’s Jesus Christ who will rule over the entire earth in the Millennium. Required fields are marked *. His throne and his rule will be completely different – it will be holy. 3 He [shall subdue/subdues/subdued] [the people/peoples/nations] [under/beneath] us,and [the nations/nations/countries] under our feet. The God with whom we have to do, is a God of awful majesty. They will do what we’ve already seen them commanded to do. Christ’s throne will be holy. That’s the way it is when we get rightly related to the God of the universe. We’re going to sing praises! God’s majesty ( v. 2 ). 5 God [is gone up/has ascended (his throne)] [with a shout/amid loud shouts],the LORD [i.e., has ascended his throne…] [with the sound of a trumpet (shofar)/amid the blaring of ram’s horns]. He has never sinned, he will never sin. God made Israel into a nation with a name and a land to dwell in. And he’s going to make everything right. It’s the second Millennial psalm that we’ve come across in the last two psalms we’ve studied! And yet, this psalm declares that God the Lord is king over absolutely everyone…. So, the response of the people over which Jesus will rule is and will be to sing skillful praises to him.