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Singing Psalm 47 you give due honor to God

“‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are indeed his offspring.’” ~ Acts 17:28

Singing Psalm 47 you give due honor to God with your head

Do you ever find yourself walking around with an unknown weight on your shoulders?

Are you thinking things without really thinking about them? Is it as if your thoughts are on a low simmer in the back burner of your mind? “It all depends on me, and I can’t carry it all.”

In the face of all the static noise you hear, singing Psalm 47 can make a shift in your perception of the load you carry.

He’s got this.

Your life.

All of it.

Everyone’s lives.

In every nation.

If everyone got a turn to have three wishes granted, you would yield your turn for those wishes to your King.

Not only because he gives all rewards.

But because he chooses what is best for you, far better than you could choose for yourself.

In fact, he makes you mindful and willing to ask for all that he wills to give you. He is more willing to give to you than you are to ask.

“If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.” ~ John 14:14

You give due honor to him who changes your desires so that you want what he wants.

He out-gives you every time.

Not only carrying large loads from your shoulders.

He releases the pot off a low simmer that’s been weighing on your mind, a marker of the ever-present tension you endure.

You don’t pin him down by asking for less in your own name, according to your will, than he has for you when you ask in his name, according to his will.

You give due honor as you ask for whatever he puts on your heart to ask without limit.

The fact that you get to think at all is his doing.

“We now inherit as He chose.” ~ Psalm 47:4b

He gives you your inheritance in perfect love.

And in perfect love, he takes the load off your shoulders that you cannot carry. He weeds out fear, anger, and anxiety. You give due honor to him as he enables you to cast these onto him and as he projects his rest onto you in their place.

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” ~ Matthew 11:28-30

Singing Psalm 47 you give due honor to God with your hands

When you open your hands to receive the Lord’s promise to reward you when you seek him, you give due honor to him.

He’s got all your reinforcements in place.

He’s assigned those appointed to defend you.

Both men and angels.

Princes of both earth and heaven.

He’s your shield, fortress, buckler, stronghold.

The fact that you get to move at all is his doing.

“Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

He has you safely in his hand.

Clap your hands. He transforms worn out hands.

You will make it through on account of his presence and provisions.

Applaud. He transcends hesitant hands.

You give due honor to him as your hands find new ways to serve him.

Singing Psalm 47 you give due honor to God with your heart

Sing praises.

To the King.

To the One who leads his people to victory.

To the One who goes ahead with a shout.

With a trumpet sound.

There’s no mistaking the sound of his call.

He held nothing back.

He gave the full measure of your need.

This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him.” ~ Ephesians 3:11-12

The fact that you get to love at all is his doing.

You give due honor to him who removes your heart of stone and replaces it with a heart of flesh.

You can’t say enough. You can’t say it boldly enough. You can’t say it with enough affection.

So you sing it.

You sing his praises.

You have full access to the King.

Your voice raises. You sing with all of your heart. You have nothing left. You have laid it all out before him.

You give due honor to him over and over from your heart.

You sing.

To the King alone.

“God has ascended with a shout!The LORD amidst the trumpet’s ring.Sing praise! Sing praises unto God!Sing praise! Sing praises to our King!” ~ Psalm 47:5-6

January 10-13, 2023


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