As We Have Heard, So We Have Seen

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Reading the Word

Psalm 48:1–8 (ESV)

1 Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, 2 beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King. 3 Within her citadels God has made himself known as a fortress. 4 For behold, the kings assembled; they came on together. 5 As soon as they saw it, they were astounded; they were in panic; they took to flight. 6 Trembling took hold of them there, anguish as of a woman in labor. 7 By the east wind you shattered the ships of Tarshish. 8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God, which God will establish forever. Selah

Understanding and Applying the Word

Psalm 48 fits in nicely with the themes of Psalms 46 and 47. In those two previous passages, we read words of praise and confidence in God as King. Here in Psalm 48, the focus is on the city of God, Jerusalem, where the King has placed his name. It is a grand city that causes the cities of the earth to tremble at its strength. God’s presence and the power he has displayed in the past are known to the people.

Verse 8 is the emphasis of the entire psalm. It reads, “As we have heard, so we have seen…” As the people of God had heard about all God had done in the past, they had experienced his greatness in their own lives. Believers today can say the same. We have heard through Scripture of God’s greatness and all that he has done, but we can also say that we have experienced his powerful work in our own lives. He is a great King and his presence brings praise and worship from his people as well as fear and trembling from the nations.

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Clap Your Hands, All Peoples

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I do not publish devotional material on Sundays, but I do include a suggested reading for the day, which you will find below.

Reading the Word

Psalm 47:1–3 (ESV)

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.

Your Throne, O God, Is Forever

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Reading the Word

Psalm 45:1–9 (ESV)

1 My heart overflows with a pleasing theme; I address my verses to the king; my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe. 2 You are the most handsome of the sons of men; grace is poured upon your lips; therefore God has blessed you forever. 3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one, in your splendor and majesty! 4 In your majesty ride out victoriously for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness; let your right hand teach you awesome deeds! 5 Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies; the peoples fall under you. 6 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness; 7 you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness beyond your companions; 8 your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad; 9 daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.

Understanding and Applying the Word

Psalm 45 is a royal psalm. It speaks of the kingship in Israel and describes his beauty and righteousness. In Hebrews 1:8-9, this psalm is quoted and applied to Jesus Christ as the King who is God and whose throne is eternal (cf. Psalm 45:6).

The Old Testament points forward to the day when a promised King would come into the world to rule in righteousness. Scripture tells us that this King would be one who would be just and fair. He would be humble and would serve his people. In the New testament, we find that Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of that promise. He came to serve his people by going to the cross to die for them. He then rose from the dead victorious over sin and death. He is the triumphant King! And we are promised that he will come again to reign over all of creation. Let us praise our King who is just and righteous, loving and full of grace. He is a great King!

 

The King of Glory

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Reading the Word

Psalm 24:7–10 (ESV)

7 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah

Understanding and Applying the Word

At the close of this psalm, the Lord is pictured as a King returning from victory on the battlefield. The cry is for the gates to be lifted. Let the doors be opened so the victorious King can enter the city. This is how kings were received after success in battle. It was a grand occasion with much celebration and joy.

Who is the King of glory? Who is the victorious King who deserves adoration and praise? It is the Lord of hosts! He is the King of glory. He has triumphed over sin and death at the cross of Calvary and has given life to all who will call on his name. Jesus Christ is the King of glory. Let us rejoice in his victory on our behalf!

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Kingship Belongs to the Lord

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Reading the Word

Psalm 22:27–31 (ESV)

27 All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you. 28 For kingship belongs to the Lord, and he rules over the nations. 29 All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship; before him shall bow all who go down to the dust, even the one who could not keep himself alive. 30 Posterity shall serve him; it shall be told of the Lord to the coming generation; 31 they shall come and proclaim his righteousness to a people yet unborn, that he has done it.

Understanding and Applying the Word

Now, David gives his highest praise to the Lord. Because of God’s deliverance and salvation, all will worship before him. Kingship belongs to the Lord! He is King of kings and Lord of lords!

In verse 29 we are told that even the “prosperous” of the earth will worship. The literal Hebrew reads “all of the fat ones”, which speaks of those who have been self-sufficient because of their many possessions. Even they will worship the Lord as King.

One day soon all will bow down before God and worship him as King. And as they worship, they will know and proclaim that he is righteous and that he has “done it”. The Lord has conquered evil and delivered his people through the cross at Calvary. Let the world rejoice and give him the praise he is worthy of!

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