A celebration of the LORD's universal reign and its recognition by the nations of the world.
st. 1 = vv. 1-4
st. 2 =vv. 5-7
st. 3 = vv. 8-9
Ascribed to (or assigned to) "the Sons of Korah," this celebration of the universal reign of God serves as a powerful congregational testimony to the sure triumph of God's kingdom. The psalmist calls all nations to join in the praise of this "great King" (v. 2), whose victories make his people secure in their inheritance (st. 1). God is "King of all the earth" (v. 7; st. 2), and God's universal reign draws the nobility of the nations to assemble around his throne (st. 3).
In language and theme Psalm 47 shows much affinity with Psalms 93-99. It stands between two songs (46, 48) that celebrate the security of the city of God, thus reinforcing their theme. It's likely that this psalm played a role in the temple liturgy, but its place in that liturgy is uncertain.
Cor Wm. Barendrecht (PHH 326) originally versified this psalm in an unrhymed text in 1980; the Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee added rhyme and recast a number of lines to arrive at the current versification. Another partial setting of Psalm 47 is at 166.
Praise occasions; especially Ascension Day (st. 2).
GENEVAN 47 was first published in the 1551 edition of the Genevan Psalter, which was supervised by Louis Bourgeois (PHH 3); Claude Goudimel (PHH 6) harmonized it in the tenor in 1564. Restored to its exciting original rhythms in this edition of the Psalter Hymnal, this tune could well serve as the m…
Display Title: Nations, Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47)First Line: Nations, clap your handsTune Title: GENEVAN 47Meter: 188.8.131.52.5.5 DScripture: Psalm 47; Psalm 47:1-4; Psalm 47:5-7; Psalm 47:8-9Date: 2013Subject: Biblical Names and Places | Abraham; Church Year | Ascension; Church Year | Christ the King; Elements of Worship | Opening of Worship: Called And Gathered; God As | Ruler; Jesus Christ | ReignSource: Psalter Hymnal, 1987, alt.
Display Title: Nations, Clap Your HandsFirst Line: Nations, clap your handsTune Title: GENEVAN 47Scripture: Psalm 47Date: 2012Subject: Biblical Names and Places | Abraham; Biblical Names and Places | Jacob; Church Year | Ascension of the Lord; Church Year | Baptism of the Lord; Church Year | Christ the King; Church Year | Pentecost; Earth | ; Elements of Worship | Call to Worship; Elements of Worship | Praise and Adoration; Enemies | ; Enthronement Psalms | ; God | Trust in; God as | King; God as | Shield; God's | Armor; God's | Reigning; God's | Sovereignty; God's | Strength; Hymns of Praise | ; Jesus Christ | Incarnation; Joy | ; Mercy | ; Mission | ; Music and Musicians | ; Musical Instruments | ; Occasional Services | Commissioning; People of God / Church | Witnessing; Rejoicing | ; Rulers | ; Suffering | ; The Incarnation | ; Worship | ; Year A, B, C, Easter, Ascension of the Lord, Ascention Day (Thursday or 7th Sunday of Easter) |Source: Psalter Hymnal, 1987, alt.