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January 27, 2020

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Exodus 28-29
Audio: Exodus 28-29

Psalm 47 (ESV)

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!

English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Clap your hands, all peoples!
        Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

    Celebrating God

    In today's psalm, the sons of Korah are encouraging the congregation (and all the people of the earth) to praise God in worship for who He is and what He has done. He is to be feared (in reference and awe) and deserves our full and complete adoration. 

    In James Limburg's commentary on Psalms, he offers the following insight:

    "Eleven psalms are associated with events in the life of the king on the throne in Jerusalem, such as a king’s wedding or the installation of a new king. These are the royal psalms and are discussed in connection with Psalm 2. The king about whom these psalms speak is the ruling monarch in Jerusalem.

    "Psalm 47 is the first of seven psalms that speak of the Lord being acclaimed king at some sort of festival. These are the enthronement psalms and include Psalms 47, 93, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99. Like the royal psalms, these enthronement psalms have to do with a king. In the royal psalms, the king is the king, but in the enthronement psalms, the Lord is King.

    "Psalm 47 names the Lord as king in verses 2, 6, and 7. Some of the enthronement psalms include the cry “The Lord is king!” (Pss. 93:1; 96:10; 97:1; 99:1), or they may refer to the Lord as “a great King above all gods” (Ps. 95:3) or “the King, the Lord” (Ps. 98:6)."

    I am reminded of the opening and closing verses of Psalm 8:

    "Lord, our Lord,
        how majestic is your name in all the earth!"

    May we always keep God high and lifted up!

    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "Prayers from a Journal" by George Whitefield

    "Oh when will I be free from indwelling sin? Lord deliver me from this body of death!

    Deal with me as it pleases you, Lord. You may justly take everything from me, for I have abused your lovingkindness. God be merciful to me, a sinner.

    What am I, that I should be fed daily with heavenly manna? Lord, you fill my soul. Let me praise you with joyful lips."

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

  2. What a great reading! I was just texting my Pastor this morning about joy, or my recent lack thereof, and he reminded me that it's not about MY joy, but that of God's joy, and that is my strength. 

    I knew if I looked to the Word this morning, that I would see exactly what God wanted me to see. 

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