Sing praise to God the King, all peoples! [draft sermon outline]
Published November 10th, 2022
God Is King over All the Earth 47 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of w the Sons of Korah. 1 x Clap your hands, all peoples! y Shout to God with loud songs of joy! 2 For the Lord , the Most High, z is to be feared, a a great king over all the earth. 3 He b subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. 4 He chose our c heritage for us, d the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah 5 God e has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! 7 For God is f the King of all the earth; sing praises g with a psalm! 1 8 God h reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. 9 i The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For j the shields of the earth belong to God; he is highly exalted!
47 1 לַמְנַצֵּ֬חַ ׀ לִבְנֵי ־ קֹ֬רַח מִזְמֽוֹר ׃ 2 כָּֽל ־ הָ֭עַמִּים תִּקְעוּ ־ כָ֑ף הָרִ֥יעוּ לֵ֝אלֹהִ֗ים בְּק֣וֹל רִנָּֽה ׃ 3 כִּֽי ־ יְהוָ֣ה עֶלְי֣וֹן נוֹרָ֑א מֶ֥לֶךְ גָּ֝דוֹל עַל ־ כָּל ־ הָאָֽרֶץ ׃ 4 יַדְבֵּ֣ר עַמִּ֣ים תַּחְתֵּ֑ינוּ וּ֝לְאֻמִּ֗ים תַּ֣חַת רַגְלֵֽינוּ ׃ 5 יִבְחַר ־ לָ֥נוּ אֶת ־ נַחֲלָתֵ֑נוּ אֶ֥ת גְּא֨וֹן יַעֲקֹ֖ב אֲשֶׁר ־ אָהֵ֣ב סֶֽלָה ׃ 6 עָלָ֣ה אֱ֭לֹהִים בִּתְרוּעָ֑ה יְ֝הֹוָ֗ה בְּק֣וֹל שׁוֹפָֽר ׃ 7 זַמְּר֣וּ אֱלֹהִ֣ים זַמֵּ֑רוּ זַמְּר֖וּ לְמַלְכֵּ֣נוּ זַמֵּֽרוּ ׃ 8 כִּ֤י מֶ֖לֶךְ כָּל ־ הָאָ֥רֶץ אֱלֹהִ֗ים זַמְּר֥וּ מַשְׂכִּֽיל ׃ 9 מָלַ֣ךְ אֱ֭לֹהִים עַל ־ גּוֹיִ֑ם אֱ֝לֹהִ֗ים יָשַׁ֤ב ׀ עַל ־ כִּסֵּ֬א קָדְשֽׁוֹ ׃ 10 נְדִ֘יבֵ֤י עַמִּ֨ים ׀ נֶאֱסָ֗פוּ עַם֮ אֱלֹהֵ֪י אַבְרָ֫הָ֥ם כִּ֣י לֵֽ֭אלֹהִים מָֽגִנֵּי ־ אֶ֗רֶץ מְאֹ֣ד נַעֲלָֽה ׃
Sing praise to God the King, all peoples! Intro : Link - last Psalm was 'a song'. Now, make music for he is ascended. The nations raged last week. This week people from all nations are the people of the God of Abraham. Nations last week. Now they have been subdued to worship him. Exalted in the earth! NB Remembrance Sunday 1. Let all peoples rejoice that God has exalted his people (v1-4) v1 joy. He is no tyrant. Why is this good news for all people? Are 'the peoples' supposed to clap hands because of this? We must reflect on: why? v2 to be feared v3 why dabar? He 'spoke' peoples under us, and to the peoples under our feet. Heritage - loaded word. He chose our inheritance/heritage for us; the exaltation of Jacob whom he loves. Jacob, whom he loves - link to Ps 46 Ultimately Jesus is the true Israel. What about when we don't want to sing praises? 2. God has ascended to his throne as King over all the earth (v5-9) Gone up with a shout; this is ascension language. 2 Samuel 6.15 , identical in the Hebrew to v5. Sing praises = make music, repeated God reigns on his throne; ie, 'sits' in the Bible means reigns. v7....with a maskil. Root of understanding and skill. Hence 1 Corinthians 14.15 , sing with my mind also. Sense is, make music with understanding/prudence/sense. Princes of the people gather as the people of the God of Abraham Theme of 'ascended/gone up'; exceedingly so at the end, final verse (translated highly exalted in ESV). Ultimately this is Jesus, the Son of Man, enthroned. Cf Psalm 2. cf John 12.32 FCF. We don't clap our hands, we aren't rejoicing that the King has ascended! We want self-rule! Or at least for 'our tribe' to rule! H1. Overt self-rule. H2. Covert self-rule; keeping outward religious forms and language but in such a way as to continue to be in control of my own life. Proof is that I have no joy in thinking of Jesus as enthroned King. Person of Jesus . He is the true people of God. The Son of Man is the King of Kings. Work of Jesus . He was enthroned on a cross, lifted up in sight of all peoples. The shields of the peoples appeared to triumph over the Christ. But he is risen and ascended. And in him we have been raised; he is the 'pride of Jacob'. Union with Jesus . Identification: he is mine and we are his. We shout with delight that he reigns. Incorporation: we have been raised and seated in him. Participation: we share in his rule, already now. Wrap up: Let all peoples rejoice that Jesus has been enthroned.