Psalm 47 – Big Up The King

There are pale and pathetic imitations of it going on throughout our lives. Someone beats a record, someone wins a trophy, someone accomplishes something of apparent note and there is the inclination to make a big deal of it. 

There was the awkward episode in scripture of King Saul returning from a military campaign to a chorus being sung about how he had slain his thousands. It was awkward in the sense that in the second part of the sing they hailed one of his underlings for slaying tens of thousands, which errrrr … kinda rubbed the King the wrong way. Made him feel a little insecure, like there was a threat to the throne from someone greater. 

This Psalm gets into the whole business of acknowledging who deserves the big deal. It is about the King, just not the human kind, but the real King of all Kings who rules over all the earth. This Psalm gets into it in getting us to truly make a big deal of Him with instruments and all our efforts. And yet as much as we endeavour, our efforts will never exhaust the efforts of getting to grips with the supreme nature of the supreme God. That is why it’s worth having a go at even beginning to contemplate His awesome nature. 

That’s why it makes all the sense in the universe to invest life in bigging up the King of the universe. 

For His Name’s Sake 


C. L. J. Dryden 


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