"Commentary on Psalms 47:7". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-47.html. The great function of hymns in public worship is to bring before our hearts as well as our memories, in an attractive and moving form, the great facts of our holy faith, and also to help us to apply these great facts and doctrines to our own particular wants. See the word explained in the notes at the title to Psalm 32:1-11. II. For God is King of all the earth] q.d. Sing a didactic Psalm. The Targum renders it, "with a good understanding". With understanding; not rashly, or formally and carelessly, but seriously, considering the greatness of this King whom you praise, and what abundant cause you have to praise and admire him; which is an intimation that the matter of this Psalm is more sublime and important than ordinary. The Hebrew is, “Sing a Maschil” - משׂכיל maśkı̂yl that is, Sing, or play, a didactic psalm or tune; that is, a song or ode adapted to convey valuable lessons of instruction. Verse 7. adverbially, play with skill. Meanwhile his providential throne governs all events beneath the sky. 7.For God is King of all the earth The Psalmist, having called God in the close of the preceding verse King of the chosen people, now calls him King of all the earth; and thus, while he claims to the Jews the right and honor of primogeniture, he at the same time joins to them the Gentiles as associates and partakers with them of the same blessing. ; the same that is ascended into heaven, and is King of saints, even Christ Jesus; and so he will appear to be, especially in the latter day; See Gill on Psalm 47:2; sing ye praises with understanding; or, as De Dieu renders it, to him that understandeth, that is, to God the only wise, whose understanding is infinite; even to Christ, who, as God, knows all things; and, as man and Mediator, is of quick understanding, and has all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in him; so R. Obadiah, "sing of him who understands"; or, "sing ye praises, O everyone that understandeth"F6זמרו משכיל "canite, intelligens", Montanus; i.e. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. They would have kept their God to themselves, and not even have allowed the Gentile dogs to eat the crumbs from under his table. "unusquisque", Vatablus. "Commentary on Psalms 47:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". Let your hearts and heads go with your voices. how selfishness turns honey into wormwood. G. Horder, Christian World Pulpit, vol. And in our own devotions it is very important for us to remember the truth embodied in that custom. Salem Media Group. The LORD with the sound of a trumpet: In the world of ancient Israel the trumpet made the strongest and clearest sound; it was the sound of victory. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". Jehovah is not the God of the Jews only, all the nations of the earth are, through the Messiah, yet to own him Lord. So a decree went out from Augustus Caesar, that all the world should be taxed, Luke 2:1. God will not understand us in that service which we understand not ourselves. Meanwhile his providential throne governs all events beneath the sky. Do they not often offer to God strains far more calculated for human amusement than for divine acceptance? 1909-1922. For God is the King of all the earth: sing ye praises with understanding. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-47.html. They belong, not to one century or another, not to one Church, or one sect, or one class, or one part alone of the kingdom; but from every section of our fellow-Christians have been found gifted servants of God pouring forth their adoration, their penitence, or their trust in language which is not of a party, but simply Christian. And in our own devotions it is very important for us to remember the truth embodied in that custom. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. With understanding. ; that is, how to sing, as everyone does not; this is the sense of Aben Ezra and Kimchi; or "with understanding", as we render it; with understanding of what is sung. Psalm 47 Commentary: Superscription So, when we get to this psalm, like many other psalms, we first of all run across a superscription. ver. II. A. Lapide observes that in the text, 1 Corinthians 14:15 , the word understanding is maschil, (lykvm), profound judgment: we must sing wisely, if we will sing gratefully; we must relish what we sing. We must not be guided by the time, but the words of the Psalm; we must mind the matter more than the music, and consider what we sing, as well as how we sing; the tune may affect the fancy, but it is the matter affects the heart, and that God principally eyes. (e) So Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Cocceius, Michaelis. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". - For God is the King of all the earth(comp. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. I. The Apostle Paul seems to refer to this passage in 1 Corinthians 14:15. For God is the King of all the earth - He has shown himself to be a universal sovereign. 1685. The Apostle Paul seems to refer to this passage in 1 Corinthians 14:15. One of the first pieces of the creation was light, and this must break out in every duty. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. Multitudes sing foolishly. Do they not often offer to God strains far more calculated for human amusement than for divine acceptance? BibliographyCalvin, John. I. 1. Used by Permission. But she is especially urged to give thanks with heart, hand, and voice, when God not only gives her victory over her enemies, but also protects and confirms her in the promised inheritance.