December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 For the leader. A psalm of the Korahites.
- All you peoples, clap your hands; shout to God with joyful cries.
- For the LORD, the Most High, inspires awe, the great king overall the earth,
- Who made people subject to us, brought nations under our feet,
- 2 Who chose a land for our heritage, the glory of Jacob, the beloved. Selah
- 3 God mounts the throne amid shouts of joy; the LORD, amid trumpet blasts.
- Sing praise to God, sing praise; sing praise to our king, sing praise.
- God is king over all the earth; sing hymns of praise.
- God rules over the nations; God sits upon his holy throne.
- The princes of the peoples assemble with the people of the God of Abraham. For the rulers of the earth belong to God, who is enthroned on high.
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1 [Psalm 47] A hymn calling on the nations to acknowledge the universal rule of Israel's God (Psalm 47:2-5) who is enthroned as king over Israel and the nations (Psalm 47:6-9).
2  Our heritage . . . the glory: the land of Israel (cf Isaiah 58:14), which God has given Israel in an act of sovereignty.
3  God mounts the throne: "has gone up to the throne," according to the context (Psalm 47:9). Christian liturgical tradition has applied the verse to the ascension of Christ.
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