Worship the LORD, the Great King over the Earth

Psalm 47:2

“For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.”

Herein we have a verse from a worship psalm. It is a worship psalm because it sings the praises of the LORD God. Every worship song must be a rich treasure of instruction on the magnificence of our God. It must also call people to contemplate the LORD’s matchless greatness and glorify Him as the great King.

Worship occurs only when the LORD and His greatness fill our thoughts and rouse our feelings. When we come to worship before Him, thoughts about Him must cause us to rejoice in His greatness. In admiration of His supremacy, we must sing in reverence and awe of His glory and majesty. When we sing the songs of worship, we must sing with the understanding of who God is.

This psalm teaches us to praise God for His total dominion over the earth. We who live on this earth are His subjects. Satan acts as the god and prince of this world. But we, the children of God, must resist the devil and his attempts to govern us. We must defy the devil and sing our anthems of praise to our God. If the devil would tempt us to bow before him, we would sing our admiration of the LORD who is most High. With our songs of praise to the LORD, we must declare our allegiance to Him for He is the great King over all the earth! The devil is not the real King of this earth, but our LORD is.

We Christians must always exalt the LORD as the great King of the earth. We know that the LORD reigns over the earth with grace, kindness and abundant benevolence, “for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matthew 5:45b), as Jesus had said. Let us always sing that the LORD is the earth’s great and awesome King, because it is His imperial rule that provides us with all good things.

Prabhudas Koshy