Psalm 47:2 - There Is But One God.

Psalm 47:2 - There Is But One God.

Psalm 47:2 (NLT) For the Lord Most High is awesome. He is the 
great King of all the earth.  

This festive song celebrated the universal reign of God. 
[Inspirational SB re Psalms 47:1-48:14] 

  If you prefer quiet meditative worship, this psalm will 
challenge you, for it describes a praise celebration that involves 
hand-clapping, shouting, and loud singing. The cause of this excitement is the 
greatness of Christ our King. (If that does not excite you, what will? Get 
excited about these things: 
  His great victory (1-4). We do not know what military victory 
the psalmist was celebrating, but as believers today, we walk in 
Christ's spiritual victory (2 Cor. 2:14). Like Joshua, we submit to our 
Captain and trust Him to win the battle (Josh. 5:13-15). That is 
something to shout about! 
  His great throne (5-7). What a picture of the ascension of our 
Lord, returning to heaven and sitting at the right hand of God! Satan 
may be the god of this age, but Jesus is King of all the earth. That 
is something to shout about! 
  His great reign (8-9). His kingdom is a spiritual kingdom 
today, but He still rules in the affairs of men. One day, Christ will 
reign on earth, and His people shall reign with Him (Rev. 1:5-6; 
5:9-10; 11:15-18). That is something to shout about! [Chapter by Chapter 
Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

  Some people claim Christians are too narrow. "Don't all roads 
lead to God?" they say. God's Word makes it clear that "the great 
King of all the earth" is the one true God. From the book of Isaiah 
come these words, "I am the LORD; there is no other God. I have 
equipped you for battle, though you don't even know me, so all the world 
from east to west will know there is no other God. I am the LORD, and 
there is no other" (Isaiah 45:5-6, September 24). He is the one true 
God and he is sovereign over all things, including the nations.  
  While other religions may have their gods, prophets, and 
saviors, no other religion has one who died to save his followers and 
then rose again from the dead. There is only one God, and Jesus is 
the only way to him. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the 
life. No one can come to the Father except through me" (John 14:6, May 
24). Give thanks today that the one true God loves you. [The One Year 
Bible for New Believers re Psa. 47:2] 

  Do you hunger for Jesus Christ? Do you yearn to spend time 
alone with Him in prayer? Is He the most important person in your 
life? ... Do you eagerly turn to His.... Gospels to learn more of Him? 
Are you making the effort to die to anything and everything that 
would inhibit, diminish, or threaten your friendship? 
  To discern where you really are with the Lord, recall what has 
saddened you recently. Was it the realization that you don't love Jesus 
enough? ... That you can't honestly say that the greatest thing that 
ever happened in your life is that Jesus came to you and you heard 
His voice?... 
  Or have you been saddened and depressed over a lack of human 
respect, criticism from an authority figure, financial problems, lack of 
friends, your bulging waistline? 
  On the other hand, what has gladdened you recently? Reflection 
on your election to the Christian community? .. The afternoon you 
stole away with the Gospel as your only companion? The thrilling 
awareness that God loves you unconditionally just as you are and not as 
you should be?... 
  When our lives are governed not by a network of laws but by 
the fire of the Spirit that burns within,.. when we respond to the 
call of Jesus, which is not, "Come to the ice cream party," but "Come 
to Me," then the limitless power of the Holy Spirit will be 
unleashed with astonishing force. (From Lion and Lamb by Brennan Manning) 

Take a Saturday or Sunday afternoon retreat. Grab your Bible, a 
notebook, and a blanket and spend the day in the park. Read through a 
Gospel. Read a handful of psalms. Pray. Do it soon. [Inspirational SB re 
Psalms 47:1-48:14]