Main point summary
Praise the Covenant God, YHWH, who is the Most High God and King over all the earth.
x Clap your hands, all peoples!
Clap your hands together in joyful applause and cheer, all you nations of the earth!
y Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
Sing loudly and joyfully to God!
For the Lord , the Most High , z is to be feared ,
Because the Covenant God who is the Most High God is to be feared and revered by all people on earth ;
a a great king over all the earth.
this God is a great King over the whole earth who has no rival nor equal.
He b subdued peoples under us,
This Covenant God and King of the earth conquered rival nations for us, tiny, powerless Israel .
and nations under our feet.
That is, he exalted insignificant Israel above all the nations and put them under our feet.
He chose our c heritage for us,
He hand-picked our inheritance for us from among the lands that were already inhabited by nations greater and stronger than we were.
d the pride of Jacob whom he loves . Selah
That inheritance is the pride of Israel, the people whom God loves. Selah.
God e has gone up with a shout,
This God has ascended to the sound of great triumphant shouting,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
that is, our covenant God has gone up and is exalted with great music and fanfare.
Sing praises to God ,
Therefore sing songs of praise to God!
Sing praises to him!
Sing praises to our King ,
Sing praises to him who is our King!
Sing praises to him!
For God is f the King of all the earth;
Because God is the King of the whole earth!
sing praises g with a psalm! 1
So, sing songs of praise filled with understanding to him!
God h reigns over the nations;
God rules and reigns over all the nations of earth;
God sits on his holy throne.
that is, he sits and rules righteously from his holy throne.
i The princes of the peoples gather
The leaders and rulers of the nations will one day assemble
as the people of the God of Abraham.
as the people of Israel , the sons of Abraham.
For j the shields of the earth belong to God ;
Because they are the shields of earth and, like all other people, are under God's authority.
he is highly exalted!
Therefore, God is greatly exalted!
what is the pride of Jacob? also compare with Amos 6:8; Amos 8:7; Nahum 2:2
Celebrate the Most High God who is king over all the earth. >He revealed his awesome power by choosing and giving a place for Israel among the nations
See 2 Sam 6:15
The psalmist is anticipating the day when this becomes a complete reality.
God has ascended to his holy throne where he rules and reigns over all people and things.