O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. ~Psalm 47:1
Clapping our hands is typically done after a performance. It is an expression of applause and appreciation of something we enjoyed and felt was well done. We clap our hands in acknowledgement of someone being bestowed an honor. We clap our hands at the end of a masterful concerto or an orchestra performance. The Bible gives us three settings where clapping is appropriate and acceptable.
Let us clap our hands in adoration.
“O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” The psalmist is encouraging us to clap our hands to worship the Lord for His awesome greatness. Furthermore, He wants us to clap our hands for God’s triumph over all our enemies. We clap our hands because God is on His throne. We clap our hands to God’s holiness. We clap our hands because He is God. He is God Who is Most High. He is God Who is almighty. He is God Who is everlasting and unchangeable. Just as would give a lively applause at the end of a masterful violin concert, we should give a lively applause to God as an expression of our worship and love for Him.
Let us clap our hands in acceptance.
“And he brought forth the king’s son, and put the crown upon him, and gave him the testimony; and they made him king, and anointed him; and they clapped their hands, and said, God save the king.” The people had been under the tyrannical rule of Queen Athaliah. When young Joash was brought out of hiding and installed as the new king, the people were elated and enthused. They clapped in loud unison, expressing their acceptance of his leadership as their king. Clapping is a means by which we indicate acceptance of something or someone valuable. We should clap at the truth. We should clap when souls get saved. We should clap for Bible doctrine. We should clap for those in spiritual leadership to show our acceptance of God’s leading in their life.
Let us clap our hands in anticipation.
“Let the floods clap their hands: let the hills be joyful together Before the LORD; for he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity.” We should clap because we look forward to God’s work in the future. Let us clap because the Lord will judge the world in righteousness. Politics and cronyism will not be part of God’s plan when He judges the world. We should clap in anticipation that God will make all wrongs right. We should clap because He will mete out a just recompense. He is the righteous Judge Who never makes a bad decision: He will judge the people with equity.
Clap your hands to express your worship, your welcome, and your waiting. Rejoice because the Lord is King! Clap your hands and shout for joy to the God Who is holy!
Have a rejoicing God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Kings 23-25