Hey Y'all, Why Wait?
To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.
1 O clap your hands, all ye people;
Shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
2 For the Lord most high is terrible;
He is a great King over all the earth.
3 He shall subdue the people under us,
And the nations under our feet.
4 He shall choose our inheritance for us,
The excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
5 God is gone up with a shout,
The Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises:
Sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
7 For God is the King of all the earth:
Sing ye praises with understanding.
8 God reigneth over the heathen:
God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
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.
A few years ago, I had the privilege of attending a conference. There was a massive crowd gathered and the music was incredible. There were no showy lights or smoke and the only instrument used was a piano. Don’t get me wrong, I love all kinds of instruments and enjoy hearing people use their skill to glorify God, but this occasion was uniquely blessed. The lack of instruments for this meeting had a purpose, to emphasis the sound of all those voices. It was incredible! I was singing along until I wasn’t. It occurred to me that I had stopped and begun to just listen to all these believers singing praise to my Jesus. I realized in that moment that this was a small taste of Heaven. So many people and so much praise to my Lord, my heart could barely beat with containment inside my chest as I considered how my Lord deserves this kind of worship and more. I thought, “we will do this in Heaven but why wait?” With tears rolling down my face I rejoined the song.
Yesterday we discussed how Psalm 46 was most likely written around the Assyrian invasion of Judah during the reign of Hezekiah. This event is mentioned in Isaiah 36-37 and 2 Chronicles 32. The messengers of the King of Assyria claimed that their god was the greatest of all and the defeat of Judah was inevitable. The Scriptures tell us that the king and God’s people prayed, and God delivered them from what seemed to be certain defeat. Psalm 47 seems to follow perfectly rejoicing over the Lord’s deliverance.
God is gone up with a shout, The Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
The God of Israel had shown himself to be the God of all peoples in Psalm 46 so this next wonderful Psalm is missionary in nature calling for all nations to worship the one true God.
Psalm 47:1 O clap your hands, all ye people; Shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
Psalm 47:7 For God is the King of all the earth: Sing ye praises with understanding.
Psalm 47:8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness.
I can’t help but think of how wonderful it will be to see the wonderful diversity in Heaven. There will be people from every part of the planet.
Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
They will have distinctive appearances and backgrounds but despite their differences they will have one thing in common, Jesus. I can almost hear the blending of those voices, all giving glory to the Son of God that sacrificed himself for us and lives to reign supreme. He will get glory from all peoples united together. Won't that be wonderful? Won't it sound spectacular?
Hey ya’ll, why wait?