The first 2 verses of Psalm 47 are a declaration of praise to God that one can imagine declaring at times of victory and triumph in our lives. It talks of clapping one’s hands and shouting in triumph.
But whether we are experiencing triumph or disaster I believe they are a fitting response to either, because whatever is going on in our lives, God never changes and we know the end of the story.
The verses say:
1 Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples!
Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
2 For the Lord Most High is awesome;
He is a great King over all the earth.
When there is disaster in our lives and things are seemingly not going right, there may be pain and grief which we need not deny, but underneath that we should as verse 1 says, maintain a posture of clapping our hands and shouting to God with a voice of triumph, because as verse 2 says, God is still awesome and a great king over all the earth. God is still and is always good, loving, all wise and all knowing and we are victorious in the midst of pain and disaster and always victorious in the end, however much it seems the enemy is triumphing right now.
When we are facing difficult circumstances, something that is powerful and we need to do, is express joy and victory not only in our hearts and souls but with our bodies as well. We need to literally clap our hands and shout in triumph, engaging every part of ourselves, body, soul and spirit in expressing faith to God, by expressing joy and declaring victory in those hard times.
As we walk by faith, our experience can be paradoxical, experiencing what can feel like defeat in difficult times, yet expressing victory, clapping our hands, shouting to God in triumph, because as Paul says in Romans 8:37 ” Yet in all these things ( here Paul was referring specifically to difficult circumstances) we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us”. That is always true whatever is happening in our lives, we are always more than conquerors. That is the end of the story.
Our walk of faith can also be paradoxical when we experience the pain and grief of difficult times yet again maintain a posture of clapping hands and shouting to God in praise and triumph because we know His awesomeness and greatness have not changed ( verse 2 of the Psalm). Our experience is as Paul put it 2 Corinthians 6:10 ” as sorrowful yet always rejoicing” .
Get in the habit of…..clapping your hands and shouting to God with a voice of triumph…..it’s a good response in good times and bad.