Psalm 47 – Our God Reigns This praise song is an ascension psalm divided in two parallel stanzas with a single unified message. All the redemptive promises celebrated in Psalm 47, the universal rule of God, the inheritance pledged to Israel, and the pride of Jacob, find their fulfillment in Israel’s representative, Jesus Christ. The apostles echo the themes of the psalm in revelatory ways that clarify the means God chose to bring about his salvation.
In keeping with the theme of the enthronement psalms (Psalms 90-99), Psalm 95 extols “the great King above all gods,” and leads the people of God in exuberant worship to the Lord, “the Rock of our salvation.” To this vibrant call to worship, the psalm adds an equally poignant challenge to obedience.
Psalm 46 is a psalm of hope, prayed by the people of God even though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the sea. When we are shaken to the core, we return to this bedrock truth, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever present help in trouble.”
Psalm 45 – The Royal Wedding Psalm 45 pivots from heartache and hardship to the joyful celebration of a royal wedding. The juxtaposition of soul-churning lament and a soul-inspiring love song captures the extremes of life. The psalms move from the depths of persecution to the heights of the throne of God. True worshipers live in the reality of one and the hope and expectation of the other.
It is difficult to imagine a person knowingly praying Psalm 93 without experiencing some dissonance with the prevailing scientific, social, and political idelogies that shape us. We are immersed in a culture that prides itself on nature alone, the freedom of the individual, and self-government. There is a clash between the popularly conceived American Dream and the Kingdom of God.