Who Is the King of the Earth? (Psalm 47; Psalm 68)

Scripture reading – Psalm 47; Psalm 68

Our chronological reading of the Scriptures continues in the Book of Psalms. The subject of today’s devotional is two festive songs of praise, Psalm 47 and Psalm 68. The titles of each psalm credits David as the author; however, I cannot say with certainty the occasion of either psalm. Our devotional is taken from Psalm 47.

Psalm 47 – A Song of Celebration

Psalm 47 celebrates God’s sovereignty over the people, and nations of the earth. David invited all the earth to praise the God of heaven. With the nations of the earth serving as the congregation, David invited the people to clap their hands, and shout to the LORD “with the voice of triumph” (47:1).

Why should we praise the LORD? (47:2-5)

David gave five reasons that were cause for praising the LORD. He is to be praised because He is “terrible” and to be feared. He is to be praised as the “King over all the earth,” and there is none other as He (47:2). Because He is Sovereign of creation, when He speaks, all people and nations will be subdued to His will (47:3). Israel had cause to praise the LORD, for He had chosen Canaan as the inheritance of His people “whom He [the LORD] loved” (47:4).

Sing Praises to God (47:6-9)

With overflowing joy, three times David invited the people of the earth to, “Sing praises to God, sing praises: Sing praises unto our King, sing praises” (47:6). And why should we sing praises to the LORD? “For God is the King of all the earth…8God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness” (47:7-9).

The rulers of our world give faint acknowledgment to the God of heaven. Nevertheless, we who know the LORD, should not fret, for kings, presidents, and rulers are mere minions of the devil (Ephesians 6:10-12), but there is One greater, and He is King of kings, and LORD of lords (1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 19:16).

Closing thoughts: God has appointed a day when “the princes [leaders] of the people [will be] gathered together, even the people of the God of Abraham [i.e. or before the God of Abraham]: For the shields [i.e. weapons and defenses] of the earth belong unto God: He is greatly exalted” (47:9).

Application – When you feel the troubles and turmoil of the world fueling your fears and stoking your anxieties, remember: “God is the King of all the earth…[He] reigneth over the heathen” (47:7, 8).

Isaiah 26:3–4 – “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on thee: Because he trusteth in thee. 4Trust ye in the Lord for ever: For in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”

With the heart of a shepherd,


Copyright 2021 – Travis D. Smith