Make happy noise for God
Clap and shout with joy
For the music leader. A psalm of Korah’s family.1Clap your hands, everyone.
Make some noise and shout.
Let God hear what joy sounds like.
2Our awesome God deserves it.
He’s the ruler of this world.
3Here’s why we control other nations.
He sets them at our feet.
4He chose this land and gave it to us.
Land our ancestor Jacob was proud to inherit.
Instruments5There are shouts of joy
As God goes up to sit on his throne.
As the LORD goes up.
6Sing those praise songs, sing away.
Sing those praise songs, sing away.
7God rules this world
So, sing a praise song
And make it good.
8God rules over the countries of this world.
God is on his sacred throne.
9National leaders have come together
In a meeting with Abraham’s descendants.
These guardians of the earth are devoted to God.
And they express their great honor to him.
The subtitle wasn’t part of the original psalm. Korah was a musical family in the tribe of Levi, one of the 12 tribes that made up the original nation of Israel. Levite families worked as priests and worship leaders and assistants for the Jewish nation.
If this song was written during the reign of King David or his son Solomon, around 3,000 years ago, this land refers to both the Jewish homeland and surrounding kingdoms David conquered and the Jewish people controlled. The Jewish homeland today is made up of Israel and the Israeli-occupied Palestinian Territories.
The word in the original language of Hebrew is selah. Bible scholars haven’t figured out what it means yet, so all we can do is guess. It could mean “pause for effect,” “instrumental interlude,” or “choir singing ‘Amen.’” We’re offering a guess instead of selah. Though selah might be the better way to go because it’s always correct, it’s also always incomprehensible. “Instruments” has a good chance of being wrong, but at least we convey the idea that the Hebrew word behind it probably has something to do with enhancing the song.
The passage says only that “God has ascended.” But it doesn’t say where he went. One guess scholars make is that he went to his throne. That fits the context of all the celebrating that comes next.
The Jewish people.
This reads like a prayer of what the songwriter hopes will eventually happen, once the world recognizes who God is.
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