Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves.
God has gone up with a shout,
the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm!
God reigns over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
he is highly exalted! Psalm 47 ESV
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3 ESV
Honey bees are very small animals, and we often don’t even notice them. But they are extremely important. Honey bees pollinate many different kinds of flowers, not just pretty garden flowers but also food crops that blossom before they produce food. Some of these crops are apples, broccoli, strawberries, nuts, asparagus, blueberries and cucumbers. Honey bees also pollinate alfalfa, which feeds cows that give us meat and milk. We would miss out on a lot of good things to eat if it weren’t for the honey bee! God blesses plants, animals, and people through the honey bee.
Psalm 47 calls all the people and nations in the world to clap and sing and shout praise to God because he rules the world. But it also talks about God as the God of Abraham and the pride of Jacob, the one who chose his people Israel and saved and helped them in many battles, giving them victory. Why should all the nations and peoples of the world praise God for choosing one nation? The reason is that God blesses all people through the people he chose to be his own. The psalm says, “The princes of the peoples gather as the people of the God of Abraham.” It’s because God chose one nation that he could bless and claim all people as his own.
The way God blesses all people through Israel is in Jesus. Jesus was born among the people of Israel, and lived and worked among them. He died on the cross to pay for the sins of all the people in the world. But Jesus didn’t stay dead. He rose in triumph on the first Easter morning. His friends and followers saw him alive, touched him and ate with him. But then Jesus went up to heaven with shouts of triumph, and he rules the world and cares for everyone who believes in him. It’s through Jesus that people from all over the world are blessed, now and forever.
Dear Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross to save us, and for rising and going up to heaven to be our wonderful King. Amen.