For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.
1Clap your hands, all you nations;
Shout To GOD with cries of joy.
2For The LORD MOST HIGH Is Awesome,
The Great KING over all the earth.
3HE Subdued nations under us,
peoples under our feet.
4HE Chose our inheritance for us,
the pride of Jacob, whom HE Loved.
5GOD Has Ascended amid shouts of joy,
The LORD amid the sounding of trumpets.
6Sing Praises To GOD, Sing Praises;
Sing Praises To our KING, Sing Praises.
7For GOD Is The KING of all the earth;
Sing To HIM a psalm of praise.
8GOD Reigns over the nations;
GOD Is Seated On HIS Holy Throne.
9The nobles of the nations assemble
as the people of the GOD of Abraham,
for the kings of the earth belong To GOD;
HE Is Greatly Exalted.
The scope of this Psalm is to stir us up to praise GOD, to stir up all people to do so.
I. We are directed in what manner to do it, publicly, cheerfully, and intelligently (v. 1, 6, 7).
II. We are furnished with reason for praise.
1. GOD'S Majesty (v. 2).
2. HIS Sovereign and Universal Dominion (v. 2, 7-9).
3. The Great Things HE Had Done, and Will Do, for HIS people (v. 3-5).
Many suppose that this psalm was penned upon occasion of the bringing up of The Ark of JEHOVAH to Mount Zion which verse 5 seems to refer to (“GOD Has Gone Up with a shout”), but it looks further, to the Ascension of CHRIST into the Heavenly Zion, after HE Had Finished HIS Redemptive Work on earth, and to the Setting up of HIS KINGDOM in the world, to which the heathen should become willing subjects.
In singing this Psalm we are to give Honor to the Exalted REDEEMER, to rejoice In HIS Exaltation, and to celebrate HIS Praises, confessing that HE Is LORD, to the Glory of GOD The FATHER.