Psalm 47: God’s Rule over Nations

What makes God so awesome?

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Psalm 47:1–2 To the minister of music, a song for Korah’s people.
Let everyone clap and shout exuberant praises to God, for the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.
King James
Psalm 47:1–2 <To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.> O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.

If God reigns over all people, why is there so much wickedness in the earth?

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Psalm 47:3 He reigns over all people. Every nation is under his control.
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Psalm 47:3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.

Why should our inheritance be God’s choice, not ours?

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Psalm 47:4 He chose our inheritance, the land that is the pride of Israel, the people whom he loves. Pause to meditate on that.
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Psalm 47:4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.

How does an all-powerful God need to ascend to his throne for coronation?

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Psalm 47:5 God has ascended to his throne with shouts of victory, the trumpets announcing his coronation.
King James
Psalm 47:5 God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

Why should everyone praise God?

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Psalm 47:6–7 Sing praises to God. Let everyone praise him. Our King deserves our praise. Keep singing his praises, for God reigns over all the earth. With meaningful words, express your admiration and gratitude in song.
King James
Psalm 47:6–7 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding.

Why might people question whether God is seated on his throne, ruling the nations?

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Psalm 47:8 Seated on his holy throne, God rules the nations.
King James
Psalm 47:8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.

What kind of faith makes great leaders?

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Psalm 47:9 God’s great leaders have gathered, people with faith like Abraham, for the rulers on Earth belong to our highly exalted God.
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Psalm 47:9 The princes of the people are gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham: for the shields of the earth belong unto God: he is greatly exalted.