Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Get a lift!

I was listening to Psalms this morning...I love to hear them read. Some are like stories, some are poems and all deal with our personal relationship with God, with others and with ourselves. One Psalm that stood out to me today was Psalm 47. It is such a positive and refreshing picture of worship and praise. Psalm 47 recounts the mighty work of God for the people of Israel and also for us. It reminds us that, no matter what our current experience, God is still King of the Earth! He is the one who delivers us from problems and enemies here in this life and He is the One who sent His Son to us...the Son who ultimately ascended back to Heaven and who will come again with trumpets as we ascend also. For God is the King over all the earth, as the Psalm tells us, and God is also the one who has granted us a Promised Land of heaven, and God is the one who loves us. His throne is high above but His heart is close to each one who will acknowledge and bow before Him. We should make some noise when we praise Him! (Clap your hands and shout with joyful praise!)
Psalm 47:1 Come, everyone! Clap your hands!
Shout to God with joyful praise!
2 For the Lord Most High is awesome.
He is the great King of all the earth.
3 He subdues the nations before us,
putting our enemies beneath our feet.
4 He chose the Promised Land as our inheritance,
the proud possession of Jacob's descendants, whom he loves. Interlude
5 God has ascended with a mighty shout.
The Lord has ascended with trumpets blaring.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises;
sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7 For God is the King over all the earth.
Praise him with a psalm.
8 God reigns above the nations,
sitting on his holy throne.
9 The rulers of the world have gathered together
with the people of the God of Abraham.
For all the kings of the earth belong to God.
He is highly honored everywhere.
peace and joy,
Rob Smith

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