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 engage as one to bring Him praise and worship. Our bodies are especially important in our expression of praise.
Psalm 47 is packed full of words that require our bodies' participation. The word clap
in this verse is quite interesting in the Hebrew. It is the word Taqa
and one of the meanings is to strike or drive a nail or tent peg
; referring to Jael hammering a tent peg into Sisera’s temple- Judges 4:21. This definition indicates that clapping is not only a form of 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 only be a place of quiet solitude haven't read Psalm 47. There is a time to be contemplative and then there’s a time to shout to the Lord with a voice of triumph. The shout brings breakthrough and causes walls in our lives to crumble and tumble.
Finally, the word praise i
n 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 difficult to sit motionless during times of praise and worship
because 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.