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April 17

Praise God

“God is gone up with a shout…” —Psalm 47:5

Read Psalm 47

We are encouraged to praise God. This calling is not only directed to Israel but to all nations (Psa. 47:2-4). Bringing praise does not involve some soft, hesitant murmuring – it entails joyful shouting (Psa. 47:1). Is this true of our singing? Does God receive the praise due to Him? As the mighty God who rules over the whole earth, He is worthy of all praise (Psa. 47:2-3).

We read in verse 5 that “God is gone up with a shout.” This statement can refer to the ark being brought up to Jerusalem, but it also certainly refers to the Lord Jesus’ ascension into heaven. As King, He is able to ascend with a shout, for His work was finished; He was the conqueror. To this God we must sing praises, and we must do it with understanding (Psa. 47:6-7).

We should praise God because He rules, even over the heathen. Heathens will also be ingrafted into the true Israel. One day there shall be a multitude that no man will be able to number. They shall come from “out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation” (Rev. 5:9). They will learn to sing a new song. Do you know that song?

What does Revelation 5:9 point us to?

This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Educational Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact:


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