Psalms 47:1

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1 [a]Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.

Psalms 47:1 in Other Translations

1 O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
1 Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
1 Come, everyone! Clap your hands! Shout to God with joyful praise!
1 Applause, everyone. Bravo, bravissimo! Shout God-songs at the top of your lungs!
1 Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with a jubilant cry.

Psalms 47:1 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 47:1

O clap your hands, all ye people,
Meaning the Gentiles more especially; see ( Psalms 117:1 ) compared with ( Romans 15:9-11 ) ; who had reason to rejoice and be glad, since the ascended Lord and King here spoken of was given to be their Saviour, was the propitiation for their sins, and had given himself a ransom price for them; and now the Gospel was preached among them, by an order from him after his resurrection; and upon his ascension gifts were bestowed on his apostles, qualifying them for it; when many of them were converted by it, and were made partakers of the same grace and privileges with the Jews that believed in Christ, and were formed into Gospel churches. Wherefore they are called upon to declare their joy and gladness by "clapping their hands"; which is a gesture expressive of exultation and joy; see ( Psalms 98:8 ) ( Isaiah 55:12 ) ( Nahum 3:19 ) . It was used at the unction and coronation of a king, ( 2 Kings 11:12 ) ; and so very proper to be used on occasion of the Messiah being made or declared Lord and Christ, as he was at his ascension, ( Acts 2:36 ) ;

shout unto God with the voice of triumph;
as when triumphs are made on account of victories obtained, which was now the case; Christ having conquered sin, Satan, and the world, by his sufferings and death, and having spoiled principalities and powers, made a show of them, openly triumphing over them, when he ascended on high, and led captivity captive; and he having sent his apostles into the Gentile world with his Gospel, they were caused to triumph in him wherever they came. And now these external actions of clapping hands, and shouting with the voice, are expressive of inward spiritual joy; which those among the people who were conquered by the grace of God, and had a sight of their ascended Lord and Saviour, were filled with: and who are exhorted to express it in this manner, unto God: not to angels, nor to men, no, not to ministers, who brought the joyful tidings to them; but to God, either to God the Father, for all their temporal and spiritual blessings; especially for the unspeakable gift of his Son, to suffer and die for them: or to the Son of God, God manifest in the flesh; God that was gone up with a shout, ( Psalms 47:5 ) ; and was now at the right hand of God, crowned with glory and honour; who, by the sufferings of death, had obtained eternal redemption for them.

Psalms 47:1 In-Context

1 Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.
2 For the LORD Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.
3 He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet.
4 He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.
5 God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the LORD amid the sounding of trumpets.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S 2 Kings 11:12; Psalms 98:8; Isaiah 55:12
  • 2. S Psalms 33:3; Psalms 106:47

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. In Hebrew texts 47:1-9 is numbered 47:2-10.
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