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2021 Chapel #1

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As we go through Spring Training, Baseball Chapel has us looking at some of the Psalms
Does anyone know who wrote the Psalms? Most would say David, and that is correct, but he wrote most of the them, but not all of them.
Does anyone know who else wrote some of the Psalms? Those believed to be responsible for some and those named are the First Man (Adam), Melchizedek, Abraham, Moses, Heman, Solomon, Jeduthun, Asaph, and the three sons of Korah.
Why do we have the book of Psalms? The purpose of many of the Psalms is public worship in Israel's temple, although some are more suited for private devotion. They all, however, ultimately lead people to worship the Eternal. They passionately record a person's response to God given their situation and circumstances at the time.
Some of the Psalms cry out to God during a trial and others seek his intervention in their (and others) affairs. Some focus on his blessings or curses, while others sing his praises.
So does anyone know the different types of Psalms there are? Some would argue that there are 4 types of Psalms and some would divide them further and say there are 7.
If so those 7 would be Psalms of
Lament—mourning or times of sorrow
Thanksgiving—giving God thanks and praise
Enthronement—God ruling and reigning over creation
Pilgrimage—the travels of the Israelites
Royal—God as King
Wisdom—the wisdom of God
Imprecatory—to curse and/or call down wrath on the evil and/or wicked
What is really interesting in the Psalms is the freedom the writer displays in his “conversation” with God.
Sure praise and gladness seem fitting, but within the Psalms we also have mourning, despair, frustration, confusion, even anger, all directed at God.
This prayer book models authentic relationship and communication with God.
If God is all-knowing, which He is, then why wouldn’t we have authentic communication with Him, what are we trying to hide??
In this authentic communication, there is at worst an acknowledgment of God being God, that He’s in control and all powerful, a supernatural being that we are frustrated at, or angry with, or confused by.
In the end, and within most Psalms, there is a circle back to remembering who God is, what God has done in the past, and a worship of Him for who the author knows Him to be.
Some Psalms are all about worship.
So, for today, we are going to look at Psalm 47

God is King Over All The Earth

47 TO THE CHOIRMASTER. A PSALM OF THE SONS OF KORAH.

1  Clap your hands, all peoples!

Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

2  For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,

a great king over all the earth.

3  He subdued peoples under us,

and nations under our feet.

4  He chose our heritage for us,

the pride 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 a psalm!

8  God reigns over the nations;

God sits on his holy throne.

9  The princes of the peoples gather

as the people of the God of Abraham.

For the shields of the earth belong to God;

he is highly exalted!

So this Psalm would fall under which category? The Royal and possibly the enthronement category, which some have merged as one category.
What is the “tone” or mood of this Psalm? Happy, joyful, worshipful etc.
When you hear the word “king” what do you think of?
What does it mean to be king?
Scholars say this psalm is a hymn sung during the Feast of Tabernacles, does anyone know what the Feast of Tabernacles is?
So listen to the Psalm again

47 TO THE CHOIRMASTER. A PSALM OF THE SONS OF KORAH.

1  Clap your hands, all peoples!

Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

2  For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,

a great king over all the earth.

3  He subdued peoples under us,

and nations under our feet.

4  He chose our heritage for us,

the pride 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 a psalm!

8  God reigns over the nations;

God sits on his holy throne.

9  The princes of the peoples gather

as the people of the God of Abraham.

For the shields of the earth belong to God;

he is highly exalted!

So why are they clapping and singing for joy?
Who are the ones that should fear the Lord?
What did God do for them, the reason for this praise? He subdued peoples under us, the nation of Egypt and the people that stood in Israels way from occupying the Promised Land which was the chosen land for His people.
The religious and worship system for the Jews, their festivals or holidays, were all about remembrance.
Remembering what the Lord of all Creation has done for them. So they could continue to recognize all that God is still doing for them.
Even as Israel was set up to be a nation, God was the King over them, it was a Theocracy.
But, eventually Israel rejected God as King, they wanted a human king, so they could be just like all the other nations, forgetting they were set apart to be different.
How could they forget?
How could they want a human king?
Why wouldn’t they want God to rule over them?
Maybe we could ask ourselves the same questions?
Have we forgotten, or maybe we were never really told, of all that God has done to rescue us, to forgive us, that Jesus came and lived for us, died for us, so we could have life eternal with Him?
Would we rather have a human king over our lives? That king maybe being the world system that we live under, especially the American Dream. Or maybe it’s not just that we want a human king, we want that king to be ourself?
Why wouldn’t we want God to rule over us? So we can make our own rules, live and do as we please. So we are not accountable or answerable to anyone. So we are not restricted or held back.
If those are our responses, my challenge to you is this
Get to know the real Jesus.
Understand what it is that He has done for us.
Understand that in reality, God is a much better king than we are, I don’t make the best decisions some times.
See how good God is and worthy of our devotion, remember what He’s done for us and give Him your worship, your praise, but more than that, Give Him your devotion, your life, and let Him be your king and your Lord.
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