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Is This You?

“To the Choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy! For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet. He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah.

God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet. Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!

God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne. The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God he is highly exalted!”

Psalm 47

I want to encourage you today to stop and re-read the words of this Psalm out loud. Read them and listen to them as you read. You can almost feel the exuberance of the Sons of Korah in this song of praise.

I ask you today, after you have read this Psalm out loud, are the words of this Psalm a reflection of your heart this day? Is this you? Is this me? No matter the circumstances that you and I face today, are we pausing in our day to day lives and in the day to day struggles to remember truth.

God is King of all the earth.

God reigns over the nations.

God sits on His holy throne.

This should give us all great peace and comfort. We can rest in the comfort of knowing the one who is in control of all things. But more than simply resting in the LORD, let us learn how to sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!

Go ahead. Read it again. There are times for solemn reverence. But it’s also OK to clap and shout with loud songs of joy.

But beware.

If you stop to do this around others, they may think you are strange. Then again, they may be drawn to the true, honest, and winsome, praise of our God.

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