King of All the Earth
by Zack Howard
As long as there have been people, there have been leaders. Whatever we want to call leaders—presidents, emperors, kings—they have been a staple throughout time. But there is one ruler who surpasses them all. The king of all the earth is different than other kings—he is God, watching over all things from his throne in heaven.
Psalm 47 tells us all about the role God has as king of all the Earth. It teaches us two things:
God is a Conquering King.
In verses 2-3, 8, we read: “2 For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared, a great king over all the earth. 3 He subdued peoples under us, and nations under our feet… 8 God reigns over the nations; God sits on his holy throne.” All nations are subdued by God, put under his total rule. God subdued the other nations by using his people, the Israelites, to conquer the promised land of Canaan. God is never defeated by man, He rules over them. God is a conquering king, and he is a holy king as well.
God’s throne is different than other thrones—it is set above the world, and it is a righteous and fair rule. God’s rulings are never wrong or biased; they are never quickly rushed or misguided. God’s rulings are perfect and righteous; they are holy. God’s reign is a conquering reign, so we must count ourselves among the conquered and submit to his will; because it is a holy reign, we must trust in his judgments and his ruling.
God is a Praiseworthy King.
Verses 5-7 read: “5 God has gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises! Sing praises to our King, sing praises! 7For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a psalm!” Often times a conquering king is viewed as a dictator or emperor, and the response of the people is fear and disdain. That is not so with God, as the response of his people is joy and exaltation. God is the ruler, the king of all the Earth, and this elicits joy. The joys of having God as the all-conquering king of the Earth are plentiful.
Verse 4: “4 He chose our heritage for us, the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah.” God loves his people; he cares for them and provides them an inheritance no other king can give. He gave his Israelites the lands and peoples that were conquered; for us, he gave his son, so that we can receive salvation. As his people, we praise God for his guidance, for his care, and for his holiness.
God is the king of all the Earth. He is a conqueror, and he is praiseworthy. As his people, we must recognize his rule, and praise him accordingly. It is a joy to be ruled by such a king.