1 Oh clap your hands, all ye peoples;
Shout unto God with the voice of triumph.
General Subject. The Lord’s kingdom. P. P.
1-3. A song in praise of the Lord, that He reigns over the church. P. P.
2, 6-9. Since there are various affections of good and truth and each expresses itself by a sound agreeable to its quality, therefore in the Word various kinds of instruments are mentioned, especially in David, by which similar affections are signified. E. 326.
2 For Jehovah Most High is terrible;
He is a great King over all the earth.
3 He subdueth peoples under us,
And nations under our feet.
4 He chooseth our inheritance for us,
The glory of Jacob whom he loved. [Selah]
3, 7-9. That the Lord is called king is manifest. R. 664.
4, That He will remove falsities and evils. P. P.
4 9, 10. See Psalm xviii. 44. S. 86.
See Psalm xviii. 44. R. 483.
See Psalm xviii. 44. T. 251.
See Psalm xviii. 44. E. 331.
5 6. That He will establish a church. P. P.
5 God is gone up with a shout,
Jehovah with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Shout stands for the truth of spiritual good, the voice of a trumpet for the truth of celestial good. A. 8815.
The reason why a trumpet or horn signifies Divine truth about to be revealed from heaven is because Divine truth is sometimes heard as the sound of a trumpet when it flows down from the Lord through the heavens to man, for it is augmented in its descent and thus flows in. E. 55.
The signification of a trumpet is the Divine truth manifested and revealed out of heaven. E. 262.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises:
Sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
7 He is therefore to be praised in song, P. P.
7 For God is the King of all the earth:
Sing ye praises with understanding.
8 God reigneth over the nations:
God sitteth upon his holy throne.
8 9. because His kingdom is over the whole church. P. P.
9 The princes of the peoples are gathered together
To be the people of the God of Abraham;
For the shields of the earth belong unto God:
He is greatly exalted.
9 See Psalm ix. 8. E. 687.
10 See Psalm vii. 10, 11, add. Trust is again meant. A. 1788.
It is known from the Lord’s Word that worship from freedom is truly worship, and that what is spontaneous is pleasing to the Lord, wherefore it is thus said in David. T. 495.
And over the heavens. P. P.
Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)