Voices of Joy

    Psalm 47:1-4 NASB

“For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah.

O clap your hands, all peoples;
Shout to God with the voice of joy.
  For the Lord Most High is to be feared,
A great King over all the earth.
He subdues peoples under us
And nations under our feet.
He chooses our inheritance for us,
The glory of Jacob whom He loves. Selah.”

Considering worldly affairs it’s easy to see where this prophecy is headed. Before the celebration God gives Israel wonderful things to look forward. But first there must come a great King who will rule all the earth by subduing the nations. He will fulfil His promise made to Abraham. A promised inheritance of land. Reaffirmed to Isaac and then Jacob this inheritance will one day stretch from the Nile River to the River Euphrates. (Genesis 15:18)

God chose their inheritance, It was given as a promise, and because of His love for Jacob that is the way it will be.
Why consider Old Testament psalms written by and for ancient Jews?  They contain prophecies yet to be fulfilled. God is showing us the future that He has already planned. And in this revelation we can come to know the thoughts and ways of God. It’s not so much the thrill of knowing what’s in store for planet earth, it’s knowing God as Father while we wait for our King.