Psalm 47—God sits on his holy throne

(9 verses, 0:35 to read)

What I am about to READ
  • God is king over all the earth! This psalm, used liturgically hundreds of years before Christ, speaks of Christ as King over all peoples.


  • A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. Compare 1 Chronicles 6:1,22,31. They were in charge of “the service of song in the house of the Lord.” Thus, we know this Psalm was especially used in that setting.
  • Consider the names of God in this short psalm: God, Lord (Yahweh), Most High, King, God of Abraham. This is a psalm of praise that recognizes God’s mighty works in history.


  • Luther on Psalm 47: “The 47th psalm is a prophecy of Christ, that He shall rise up and become king over all the world, without a battle, simply through shouts, songs, and trumpet calls, that is, through the joyful preaching of the Gospel, just as the walls of Jericho fell by trumpet blasts and shouts, without any weapons at all” (Psalms With Introduction by Martin Luther).


  •  “God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.” God became flesh and dwelt among us in the person of Jesus the Christ. He offered Himself as the unblemished sacrifice to appease the wrath of God and reconcile the world to its Creator. He rose from the dead. Ascended into Heaven. And sits at the right hand of the Father. He isn’t seated in a La-Z-boy throne, waiting for overtime. He reigns, by His Word, as King over all to the end that we, too, would live with Him in everlasting innocence, righteousness, and blessedness. This is most certainly true!
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-Pastor Tyler Holt

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