To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.
1 Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
2 For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.
3 He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet.
4 He will choose our inheritance for us, the excellence of Jacob whom He loves. Selah
5 God has gone up with a shout, the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
7 For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with understanding.
8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on His holy throne.
9 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.
Some people have the mistaken impression that praising God is for after the miracle, or the deliverance, or the provision takes place, but take a look at verses three and four. They say He will subdue, and He will choose. Praise isn’t just a “thanking God” action for after the fact, it’s a “trusting God” act of faith. Much like what Jesus taught when he said to not only love the people who are nice to you (even crooks and con-men do that), but love the unlovable. God is not deserving of praise because of what He does for us, He is deserving of praise because He is God. That is why we must praise God in all things and for all things. Praise Him when you are offered the exact job you have been praying for. Praise Him when you lose the job you thought you needed. Verse seven says to sing praises with understanding, sometimes all we can understand, and really all we need to understand is that He is God and therefore deserves our praise. We are the bride of Christ; as such let’s look as the traditional vows. Praise Him in sickness and in health. Praise Him in better or worse. Praise Him for richer or poorer. As children of God, we have a guaranteed happy ending, a sure hope; the only variable is the journey. Let’s spend the journey praising God.