IT’S FUN TO WATCH THE REACTION OF THE SHOPPERS
WHEN SURPRISED BY A FLASH MOB SINGING THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS.
SOME ARE DELIGHTED, SOME DISTURBED, SOME CONFUSED…
WILL IT BE THE SAME ON THAT GREAT DAY WHEN JESUS RETURNS?
WHEN PSALM 47 BEGINS, IT SEEMS
A SIMPLE PSALM OF PRAISE,
BUT THERE IS SO MUCH MORE GOING ON
AS WE GLIMPSE IN VERSE 2.
DEREK KIDNER POINTS OUT THAT THIS IS A CLEAR ALLUSION TO 2 SAMUEL WHERE ONCE
THERE WAS A SHOUT, A TRUMPET, AND THE PRESENCE OF GOD
So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the horn.
2 Samuel 6:14-15
BUT DO YOU SEE THE PROPHECY?
ONE DAY THERE WILL BE A SHOUT, A TRUMPET,
AND THE LORD HIMSELF WILL COME
ALL THE WORLD,
AND ALL THE PRINCES
AND ALL THE PEOPLES
WILL LOOK UPON JESUS AS KING!
ALL ENEMIES WILL BE CONQUERED AND
HERE, KIDNER SAYS, PSALM 46:10 IS FULFILLED,
“WHEN WARS WILL CEASE.”
THE PRINCE OF PEACE WILL BE OUR KING.
PSALM 47 IS A FULFILLMENT OF MANY PROMISES.
THIS WORLD IS SO HARD, AND WE GRIEVE,
BUT NOT AS THOSE WHO HAVE NO HOPE.
OUR OWN MARY IS IN A BATTLE FOR HER LIFE WITH CANCER,
AND YET, SHE HAS PEACE.
OUR OWN LAURA HAS SUCH A CHALLENGING FAMILY SITUATION,
AND YET SHE HAS JOY.
OUR OWN NATALIE WISHES HER BABY COULD TELL HER
WHY SHE IS CONSTANTLY CRYING,
AND YET SHE LOOKS FORWARD TO THE DAY WHEN THERE WILL BE NO MORE TEARS, AND NO MORE PAIN.
OUR OWN DIANE RECENTLY LOST HER DAD, AND SHE GRIEVES,
YET NOT AS THOSE WHO HAVE NO HOPE.
THERE IS SO MUCH HOPE IN THIS PSALM!
WATCH THIS VIDEO PRESENTATION TO PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR THIS STUDY.
At the beginning of the above video it says this psalm was possibly written by Hezekiah or Isaiah. I’m not sure where this person got that, but I do want to say something about the authorship of these Psalms. The preposition at the beginning of each of these eight psalms of Korah we are studying this summer could be translated of (ESV) or for (KJV) (the sons of Korah). It could be therefore that they wrote them or that they were written for them. Spurgeon feels it is the latter, basing that on the verse at the end of book 2 of the Psalms which says: “The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.” (Psalm 72:20) This is a strong argument that David wrote these psalms for the Sons of Korah. All of their history is still significant, if David wrote them for them to sing. I am being persuaded that I was wrong to think they were written by the Sons of Korah. Forgive me for assuming that for I realize I do not know that!
- What stands out to you from the above and why?
Monday-Thursday Bible Study
2. Read Psalm 47 in its entirety aloud and share anything that quickens you and why.
3. Read Psalm 47:1-4
A. What emotions do you see in verses 1 and 2 and why would both be significant for the sons of Korah?
B. Why would both emotions be significant for you?
C. What reasons for “fear” are given in verses 2-3?
D. What truth do you learn in verse 4?
4. In verse 5, how do you see this fulfilled in history and also pointing to a later fulfillment?
5. Read 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
A. What parallels do you see?
B. What hope does this give you?
6. Read Psalm 47:5-9
A. How are you fulfilling the command of verse 6 and why do you think God sees this as important?
B. The KjV translates verse 7 as: For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with
understanding. That is because the root word for “with a psalm” has to do with wisdom or
understanding, like 1 Cor. 14:15 “I will sing with my mind.” I would like you to look at the above video
of this psalm again and “sing with your mind.” Share anything that quickens you.
C. Verses 8-9 point to the day when Christ will reign over the earth, and all the peoples who are the
people of the God of Abraham (meaning both true Jews and those grafted in) will gather. This is the
bride of Christ, made up of every tribe and nation, every ethnicity, and all at peace with one another.
This is the fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham that his descendants would be like the sands of
the sea. Ponder this truth with your heart and your mind and share your thoughts.
FRIDAY: 3 MINUTES FROM JOHN CALVIN ON PSALM 47 (HEAVY BUT SHORT AND I AM CONFIDENT THE SPIRIT CAN HELP YOU GLEAN SOMETHING!)
7. What did you glean?
8. What is your take-a-way and why?