The PS 47
belong to Book II
of the book of PS
composed of a collection of texts 150 poetry books organized by five. The Book of Psalms, for its wisdom
and basic principles
of human action
, is considered the heart of the Old Testament. Book II comprises the PS 42 the 72 . The PS 47
is divided into 10 verses.
The Psalms are poems-prayers
addressed to God, being the privileged way to address and speak to Him. These prayers represent human experiences
and religious conscience
. They portray the common man
, with his faults, insecurities, fears and hopes and, even today, we can identify with the Psalmist and draw inspiration from these texts to pray
with God when we feel lost
or to express our gratitude
for some blessing received.
"There are enemies or friends, there is life or death, health or illness, pain or joy and, most of the time, there are no changes or gradations. Words are like stones and poetry like boulders carved by chisel"; "The Psalms are a bit like the mountain paths, simple, especially when walking on snow, but they lead to the peaks; they are paths toward the peaks of meeting the Lord." - Carlo Maria Martini, Cardinal of Milan
Psalm 47 - To the Universal King
1 To the director. From the sons of Korah.
All peoples, clap your hands,
cry out to God with shouts of joy,
for the Lord, the Most High, is fearful;
he is the great king over all the earth.
It is He who submits peoples to our power,
laying nations at our feet.
It was He who chose for us our inheritance,
the pride of Jacob, whom He loves.
God ascended with shouting,
the Lord ascended at the sound of the trumpet.
Sing hymns to God, sing!
Sing to our king, sing!
For God is king of all the earth,
sing him a poem of praise.
It is God who reigns over peoples;
God is seated on his holy throne.
The greatest of peoples joined
the people of the God of Abraham.
For the mighty of the earth are subject to God.
He has always been sovereign.
Meaning and interpretation
The Psalm 47
is a hymn to the kingship of Yahweh
(God of national kingdoms of Israel and Judah ), an issue that also features a list of other psalms in particular Ps 93,96,97,98 and 99.
In this Psalm, the universal sovereignty of Yahweh
is affirmed and all peoples are invited to come to unanimous praise
. This royal psalm of Yahweh was possibly attracted to this space by the fact that with the previous Psalm the set of songs known as the Psalms of Zion was started, where the themes of creation and royalty converge.
The Psalms of Praise
are really hymns addressed, above all, to God. In this sense, the Bible continues the liturgical literature of neighboring and previous religions, where hymns are the most common way for people to address the divinity, especially in contexts of greater solemnity.
These hymns narrate the greatness or improvements
and the thanks
that flow from it. Examples of this are Psalm 8; 19; 28; 33; 47; 65-66; 93; 96-100; 104-105; 111; 113; 117; 135; 146; 148-150. Hymns can also be addressed to the king, focusing especially on the ceremony of royal enthronement, with every expectation of divine intervention for the well-being of the people
and the just ordering of the world
With the end of the monarchy, these Psalms were accentuating messianic connotations
, which they already had implicit. This is the case of Psalm 2; 18; 20-21; 45; 72; 89; 101; 110; 132; 144. The Psalms celebrating Jerusalem, which with the temple have a special connection to God, are also considered hymns. These are Ps 46; 48; 76; 84; 87; 122.
The Book of Psalms
The Joy and Happiness of the Righteous in Communion with God
The Psalms are prayer-poems
addressed to God, being the privileged way to address and speak to Him. Depicting the common man
, with his failures, insecurities, fears and hopes, we can still identify with the Psalmist and be inspired today in Psalms to make prayers
to God in times of trouble or express our gratitude
for some blessing received.
The Psalms, despite being written in Antiquity, still move
, awaken feelings
. In them, we can identify anguish
, deeply human feelings, praises, supplications, teachings of reflection on spiritual wisdom and prophetic words.
Written for different situations
, some Psalms are intimate, revealing the author's personal relationship with God; others provide guidelines and advice for life, others are compositions for specific liturgical events such as rituals and pilgrimages.
The Book of Psalms
is composed of a collection of 150 poetic texts and is divided into five parts, called Psalm Books or Booklets. Each Book closes with short hymns of praise to God
. The division into five parts was considered to correspond to the five books of Moses and it is assumed that each passage in the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible, called Torah by the Jews) was read in parallel with the corresponding Psalm. Its main forms are lamentation
The Power of Prayer in Dialogue with the Divine
The Psalms elevate our thoughts to the Divine and prayer
is the power of the word
. Prayer is the language of faith. Any thought, word or image addressed to God is called prayer
. It is through it that we come into contact with our God within
and, therefore, it is so powerful in transforming life
. Prayer can produce miracles
, turn dreams into reality, give us hope for change
with ourselves and the world.
Each Psalm has an intention
that helps us meditate
and walk with our God
. For many theologians, the Book of Psalms has a prophetic or messianic tone as its verses refer to the coming of Christ into the world of men to guide them through the uncertainty and doubts of Human existence.
has the power to call the Spiritual Universe
full mode, honest, sincere, conscious, for the purpose of spiritual self-protection, family protection and those who are dear to us, to have peace of mind, spiritual and physical, for prosperity and success, to protect health and relationships, to ward off negative energies and, above all, to connect us to something bigger than ourselves. From this peace
, well-being, hope and goodness in front of everyone and everything result.
can change our lives. It gives us tranquility
and spiritual strength
to face challenges. It helps us to meditate
on our mission in life and to create a balanced and healthy environment
for ourselves and those we love. When you pray, fill your heart with love
. The Psalms will guide you on a path of peace
and communion with the higher energy