Attributes, Spiritual Formation

Psalm 47

This past week I taught our men’s ministry Bible study. The topic is Living as Real Men in a Godless Society.

Our aim is to lay a biblical foundation that will enable men to examine the influence of our culture and rather than allowing our culture to squeeze us, choosing to allow the Bible to establish a world view from which we can live to honor God and influence others.

The series was developed in conjunction with Dave Muchmore. But when we developed the series we didn’t know our schedules. So this past week I was to teach Psalm 47–a psalm I had never studied or taught before.

What a wonderful, though unfamiliar Psalm.

I continue to be amazed at the depth of God’s Word. And I am thankful that it is alive and active and that it continues to challenge me.

Psalm 47 is an enthronement Psalm tied to Psalm 46 (a more well known psalm).

Psalm 46 celebrates God’s defeat of the nations to secure Israel. Psalm 47 continues to the bigger picture, that eventually all the nations will gather to worship God.

Psalm 47 serves as a wonderful call to worship God because of His sovereignty. He is superior to all other “gods” and since He is the Most High and great king He won’t allow any competition. He is powerful and reigns over the whole earth.

In light of the attributes and actions of God He is most worthy of worship.

But the worship Psalm 47 calls us to is not passive or passionless, it is dynamic and probably loud.

1 Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!

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!

In light of who God is, what He has done and what He will do–we are to worship him wholeheartedly.  There is excitement, urgency, community and joy in this wholehearted worship.

May we be wholehearted worshippers.
May our worship be well pleasing to God, the Host High, the Great King, our King.

Author: Steve

Steve Kilgore joined the staff of Calvary Church in Lancaster, PA in the fall of 2002 as the Pastor of Discipleship to facilitate the equipping ministries, which include Adult Bible Fellowship and other adult discipleship ministries, and work with the rest of the education ministries. He currently serves as the Executive Pastor of Ministries with a focus on providing ministries that facility individuals taking intentional Next Steps for growing and participating in the leadership and administrative aspect at Calvary. He has also taught part-time at Lancaster Bible College in the area of Spiritual Formation and New Testament. Prior to coming to Calvary he served in two churches as well as taught part-time at Philadelphia Biblical University. He was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent the first 13 years of his life in Guatemala where his parents were missionaries. It was there at the age of four and a half that Steve placed his faith in Christ as his Savior. Steve received a Bachelor’s degree in Bible from Philadelphia College of Bible and a Masters of Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. Steve and his wife, Mary Anne, have their two boys, Andrew and Nathan (both in college), and live in East Lampeter Township. Steve lives and ministers by the personal motto, Know what you believe and why, live it, be able to defend it. His hobbies, other than playing with his family, include tinkering with computers, reading, drinking coffee with his wife, playing and watching basketball. Steve and Mary Anne are looking forward to exploring new hobbies as they transition to life as empty-nesters.

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