Daily Read – Numbers 2:1-3:51; Mark 11:27-12:17; Psalm 47:1-9; Proverbs 10:24-25
We are a triune being; meaning, we have a spirit, soul, and body. God created all three to praise and worship Him. Our bodies are especially important in the expression of praise and worship to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Psalm 47 is packed full of words that require our bodies' participation. The word clap
in this verse is quite interesting. It is the Hebrew word Taqa
and one of the meanings is to strike or drive a nail or tent peg as Jael did into Sisera's temple.
This indicates that clapping is not only a form or praise, but is powerful warfare against the adversary. When we use our hands to clap, the enemy gets nailed!!!
Another action word used in this psalm is the word shout
. It is the Hebrew word ruwa
and means to mar especially by breaking; to split the ears with sound.
Those who think church is to be a place of quiet solitude haven't read Psalm 47. There is a time to be contemplative and then there is a time to shout to the Lord with a voice of triumph. When we shout, things breakthrough and walls tumble down in our life.
Finally, the word praise
in this psalm is the Hebrew word zamar
meaning to strike with the fingers as you would to play strings or any musical instrument. It means to make music.
Each of these words are verbs and require our bodies to respond and participate in the most glorious privilege we have as believers to give our Lord extravagant praise.
It is very difficult to sit motionless during times of praise and worship.
God created our spirit, soul, and body to praise Him!
Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
For the Lord Most High is awesome;
He is a great King over all the earth.
He will subdue the peoples under us,
And the nations under our feet.
He will choose our inheritance for us,
The excellence of Jacob whom He loves. Selah
God has gone up with a shout,
The Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
Sing praises with understanding.
God reigns over the nations;
God sits on His holy throne.
The princes of the people have gathered together,
The people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
He is greatly exalted.