Author: The sons of Korah
This psalm may have been written during the Assyrian invasion of Judah by Sennacherib.
Verse 1 – Oh, clap your hands, all you people! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
Verse 2 – For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.
Our God is awesome, but I can’t understand why people who clap, shout, and sing, at ballgames, won’t participate in worship when they come into God’s house. If He saved you, that’ enough to shout about, even though He’s done much more.
Verse 3 – He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet.
Verse 4 – He will choose our inheritance for us the excellence of Jacob whom He loves. Selah
God did subdue the nations surrounding Israel, He keeps His promises. As long as Israel followed God, He fought their battles. However, over time, Israel has lost its land to other nations which want to destroy them. But the day is coming when they will see the hand of God once again fight for His people.
Verse 5 – God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Verse 6 – Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
Verse 7 – For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding.
Isn’t that odd that the psalmist says to sing praises with understanding? God doesn’t want us to just join a crowd and do what they do, just to fit in. He wants us to praise Him because we understand “Who He is.” When we have that intimate relationship with the One who literally saves us from spending an eternity in Hell, then we will understand and sing praises unto “Our King.”
Verse 8 – God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.
Verse 9 – The princes of the people have gathered together, the people of the God of Abraham. For the shields of the earth belong to God;’ He is greatly exalted.