CLAP YOUR HANDS
One way to think about evangelism is wanting other people to join you in your delight in Jesus and what He has done for you. We can also call others to join us in worship of Him in anticipation of the time when people from all nations will bow in worship.
Philippians 2:9-10 NIV Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
C. S. Lewis noticed that when people find something they love, they naturally want other people to join them in praising it. “Isn’t the painting beautiful?” “Wasn’t that play magnificent?” He reflected upon the reason for this: “I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.”
In Psalm.46 the writer encourages all the nations.
Psalms 47:1 NIV Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.
He was so delighted in God that he wanted the everybody to join him. God had done great things for Israel. He had subdued the nations of Canaan.
Psalms 47:3 NIV He subdued nations under us, peoples under our feet.
He had fulfilled His promise to Abraham that Israel would dwell in the land of Canaan which demonstrated His love for Israel and His faithfulness to them.
Psalms 47:4 NIV He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.
God is also to be praised because He is “awesome”.
Psalms 47:2 NIV For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.
He rules over the nations and is “greatly exalted”.
Psalms 47:8-9 NIV God reigns over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne. The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted.
This psalm envisions God ascending to His heavenly throne and ruling over all people.
Psalms 47:5-7 NIV God has ascended amid shouts of joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets. Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing to him a psalm of praise.
In a final picture of God’s universal rule, the poet describes how “the nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham”
Psalms 47:9 NIV The nobles of the nations assemble as the people of the God of Abraham, for the kings of the earth belong to God; he is greatly exalted.
Even though this psalm began by celebrating things God had specifically done to help Israel, it ends by presenting a vision of leaders from every nation assembling with Israel in homage to God. This anticipates the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham that through his offspring “all peoples on earth will be blessed through you”.
Genesis 12:3 NIV I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”