Psalm 47 – Worship & Understanding

Introduction: “Praise is given to God for victory, perhaps that recorded (2Ch 20:20-30); and His dominions over all people, Jews and Gentiles, is asserted” (JFB).

1. What action words call us to exalt God?

a. Clap

b. Shout

c. Sing

2. What reasons does the Psalmist give us for praising God?

a. He is Terrible

b. He is a great King

c. He is in control

d. He will reward

e. He is Holy

f. He is the rightful owner of the shields of the earth.

3. There is an important qualification to our praise of song in verse 7, what is it?

“Let sense and sound go together. Let your hearts and heads go with your voices. Understand what you sing; and feel what you understand; and let the song be what will give instruction in righteousness to them that hear it.” Adam Clarke

Getting Understanding:

Ps 119:34 “Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart.”

Ps 119:73 “Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.”

Ps 119:99 “I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation.”

Ps 119:104 “Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.”

Ps 119:125 “I am thy servant; give me understanding, that I may know thy testimonies.”

Ps 119:130 “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

Ps 119:144 “The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.”

Ps 119:169 “Let my cry come near before thee, O LORD: give me understanding according to thy word.

Where did the Psalmist believe that understanding came from?

Study the book of Proverbs for understanding

The word “understanding” occurs 59 times in the book of Proverbs. It will help you to have understanding. For example turn to Proverbs 2:1-11 and see what will help you to develop understanding in your life.


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