Psalm 47:2-3 "How awesome is the LORD Most High, the great King over all the earth! He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet."
This psalm is a declaration of praise to our God. It encourages us to rejoice and to praise Him exuberantly. Exuberant means to be effusively and almost uninhibitedly enthusiastic - lavishly abundant. Our praise includes shouts of joy and loud music for He is awesome. The trumpet is not a quiet instrument. We praise Him because we are His people. He has chosen us. He subdues nations under us. As the blessings of Deuteronomy say we will be the head and not the tail, we will lend and not borrow. (Deut. 28)
We need to be vocal, exuberant and over the top in our praise. I don’t know why believers are afraid to use their voices in praise to God. We are ‘happy clappy’ people as the Brits call the overtly praising churches. Why? Because we recognize what a wonderful God we have, what a wonderful life we have and what a wonderful future awaits us. The same people who sneer at exuberant praise attend football matches and sing their lungs out over a game. They cheer when their team is winning and they cry when they appear to be losing it. They wear scarves, hats and jerseys emblazoned with their teams logo and they call us ‘happy clappy’. It’s important to be full of praise as it shapes your attitude and outlook. But it is equally important that we direct our praise to the right person.
A win by your favorite football team will not deliver you from your troubles. A trophy won by your team will not bring eternal happiness and joy. Next year a different team will win the league.
There is only one team to back – the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. An attitude of gratitude will bring peace, joy and contentment to your life. Praise will bring every situation back into a correct perspective. How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth!
Prayer: “Father, I rejoice in your….” Take some time to express your praise for Him. The more you press through the easier it becomes. Sing, clap, shout, and worship Him.