Psalm 47: Praying Through The Psalms

Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth. He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet. He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved (Ps. 47:1-4).

Dear Heavenly Father, my heart claps for joy when I think of your marvelous works. I look forward to the day when the whole world will finally realize you are the King of kings and the Lord of lords.

At this time, I pray that all people will look to you as the author and finisher of their faith. I know there will be people who reject your goodness and love.

However, you repeatedly emphasize in your Word that you are not willing that any perish, but that all come to repentance. I hope this will come true so that people will experience your unconditional grace and be spared from impending judgment.

God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise (Ps. 47:5-7).

Almighty King—your wisdom, kindness, and noble attributes ought to be praised. For the first commandment is to have no other gods before you. For these false gods can’t produce the unending joy and satisfaction we receive from experiencing your holiness and grace.

Therefore, let us use musical instruments, our voices, and make melody in our hearts to you. As we sing for your kingdom come and your will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

O God, we long for peace. O God, we long for restoration and a universal king like you who will establish righteousness and serve the people with omnibenevolence.

God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne. The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted (Ps. 47:8-9).

Righteous God, you are seated on your holy throne. You have demonstrated to all the nations that your power and grace in Jesus has conquered sin, death, and the devil. As you sit on the throne with confidence, may the nobles of the nations assemble as the people of God from the lineage of Abraham.

May the nobles of the earth recognize that the Lord who established the heavens and the earth is seated upon his throne with grace and truth. His redemptive plan in sending Jesus to be the propitiator for the entire world should automatically instate God as the noblest of all kings.

For the kings of the earth belong to God—He is to be greatly exalted. Let’s praise Yahweh now and forevermore. Amen.

Prayer commentary by Chad A. Damitz

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