Ascended and Enthroned (6)
Opening Prayer: Psalm 47.9
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.
Sing Psalm 47.9
(Truro: Shout, for the Blessed Jesus Reigns)
Princes of peoples gather all to Abraham and to our God.
Exalt the Lord, and on Him call – the earth is His, so praise our God!
Read Psalm 47.9
1. Who is gathered around the throne of our Lord?
2. What does this gathering indicate?
The mention of Abraham points us back to the covenant God made with him. In Genesis 12.1-3, God promised that all the families of the earth would be blessed in Abraham’s seed. In Genesis 17.6, 7 God promised to bring whole nations into His covenant and Kingdom. Paul explained that this would only be done through Abraham’s primary offspring, our Lord Jesus Christ (Gal. 3.15, 16). And it is Jesus Who sits enthroned here, overseeing all the nations of the world and receiving their obedience and praise.
The enthronement of Solomon symbolized the rule of God over His people and all nations. God’s rule is not limited to His people, whether Israel of the Old Testament or the Church of the New. He rules all nations. All their power (“shields”) belongs to Him. He turns the hearts of their rulers to do His bidding (Prov. 21.1). He is exalted over them all, and we, as we rest in Him and contemplate His greatness, can know His power at work to protect and bless us, just as He promised Abraham, our forefather (Rom. 4.13-22).
The promises of God cannot fail, because the Son of God, in Whom all those promises consist (2 Cor. 1.20), is enthroned over the nations. “He rules the world with truth and grace” that His Kingdom might come and His will be done on earth as in heaven (Matt. 6.10).
Treasure Old and New: Matthew 13.52; Psalm 119.162
The Living Bible gives us a rousing summary of this passage:
“The Gentile rulers of the world have joined with us in praising Him
—praising the God of Abraham—
for the battle shields of all the armies of the world are His trophies.
He is highly honored everywhere” (Ps. 47.9 TLB).
We serve in this glorious and victorious Kingdom, and as His servants, we are to seek this Kingdom first in every area of our lives (Matt. 6.33).
And we are to make sure that His will is done on earth, just like it is done in heaven (Matt. 6.10).
This Kingdom is the LORD’s, and He rules over the nations (Ps. 22.28).
This Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and His dominion endures throughout all generations (Ps. 145.13).
This Kingdom is not about eating and drinking (earthly things), but it is about the heavenly qualities of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14.17).
Finally, a word of warning and encouragement to us who are the members of this Kingdom: “Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire” (Heb. 12,.28, 29).
Our God and King is highly honored.
Let us praise Him with thanks and understanding (Ps. 47.7).
1. Why is the Kingdom of God good news for the world?
2. What is your role in seeing the Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven?
3. God has promised to bless the nations through His Kingdom people. What does this mean for you in your Personal Mission Field?
The promises to the patriarch Abraham, he is saying, took effect. Now the Lord of all promised to bless all the nations in his progeny. Accordingly, both these nations and their rulers abandoned their ancestral gods and are assembled with the God of Abraham, and they call this God theirs. Theodoret of Cyr (393-466), Commentary on the Psalms 47.5
Closing Prayer: Psalm 47.5-8
Pray for God’s people to rest in Him and to seek Him for revival, renewal, and awakening in our day.
Sing Psalm 47.5-8
(Truro: Shout, for the Blessed Jesus Reigns)
God has ascended with a shout, the Lord with sound of trumpet bold!
Sing praise to Him, let praise ring out! Let praise through all the world be told!
God is the King of all the earth, sing praise to Him with glorious psalms!
He rules the nations by His worth, and on His throne receives their alms.
T. M. and Susie Moore
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Except as indicated, all Scriptures are taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. For sources of all quotations, see the weekly PDF of this study. All psalms for singing are from The Ailbe Psalter (Williston: Waxed Tablet Publications, 2006), available by clicking here.