The song of Psalm 47 calls all nations to join the people of Israel in praise of the LORD Most High, the one great King over all the earth.
The LORD Most High has initiated one plan to redeem people from every nation on earth.
God called one man and made him a promise. God would make him into a nation through whom He would bless all people.
The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”
“I will make you into a great nation
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
Abram became Abraham, father of the nation of Israel. God rescued the Israelites from Egyptian slavery and established them as His chosen people, through whom He would bless the world.
“You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ sings and brought you to myself. Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Exodus 19:4-6
God gave the people of Israel promises about the Messiah, God’s one and only Son who would be born in Israel to a family descended from Abraham and David. The Messiah, Jesus, died on the cross as the true Passover Lamb to pay for the sins of the world. God raised Jesus from the dead, sin was defeated forever, and redemption was made possible for all people.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.
“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will bring justice to the nations.
He will not shout or cry out,
or raise his voice in the streets.
A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;
he will not falter or be discouraged
till he establishes justice on earth.
In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”
This is what God the Lord says—
the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out,
who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it,
who gives breath to its people,
and life to those who walk on it:
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
“I am the Lord; that is my name!
I will not yield my glory to another
or my praise to idols.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Heaven will be filled with songs of praise to the King and to the Lamb, sung by people from every nation.
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation belongs to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb.”
…there were loud voices in heaven, which said:
“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,
and he will reign for ever and ever.”
…and [they] sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:
“Great and marvelous are your deeds,
Lord God Almighty.
Just and true are your ways,
King of the nations.
Who will not fear you, Lord,
and bring glory to your name?
For you alone are holy.
All nations will come
and worship before you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed.”
One King over all the earth and its kings.
The LORD Most High reigns over all.
Sing Psalm 47 as a song of praise to the one and only King!
Clap your hand, all you nations;
shout to God with cries of joy.
How awesome is the LORD Most High,
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.
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.
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.
Father, You are the great King over all the earth! You reign over every nation and every king on earth. You are seated on Your holy throne. How awesome You are, LORD Most High! Thank You for Your redemption plan – for calling one man and making him one nation, Your chosen people. Thank You for sending the Messiah, Your one and only Son Jesus, to die on the cross to pay for my sins. And thank You that one day in heaven I will join people from every nation on earth in praising You, the one true King of Kings. In Jesus’ name, Amen.