by the Rev. Andrew Kuyvenhoven
These meditations are on the psalms. All those songs about Zion, the temple, and the Son of David really make sense when they are sung In the New Testament church.
Clap your hands, all you nations.... For God is the King of all the earth (Ps. 47:1, 7).
This psalm rings with happy excitement. It's coronation day, and a procession is in progress. The Israelites are watching as God's appointed king ascends to the throne. "Clap your hands, all you people; shout unto God with a voice of triumph!... Hosanna! Hosanna!... Shout unto God with a voice of praise!"
When we read Psalm 47, we think of the coronation of King Jesus. The King of Israel has taken the throne of the universe, and the believers of the New Covenant have seen it happen. First Jesus was nailed to the cross beneath a sign that read "The king of the Jews." But later the Father raised his beloved Son and gave him a name above every name. The passionate enthusiasm that runs through this psalm now courses through the hearts of all Christians. Clap your hands!
Jesus, the Son of David, has taken over the ship of the world. At one time Caesar Augustus raised his flag on the ship's mast, and his legions made people bow or perish. Hitler attempted to raise the swastika, and Stalin tried the hammer and sickle. Today there's an ongoing effort to make the world sail under the flag of the dollar sign. But now the highest flag on the mast is the cross! In this sign we shall conquer.
Clap your hands, all nations. Jesus is Lord!
Andrew Kuyvenhoven's Daylight, a modern devotional classic, was originally published in 1994. This edition is copyright by Faith Alive Christian Resources, from whom may be ordered Daylight, the predecessor of Twilight.
A man of many accomplishments, Andrew Kuyvenhoven is probably best known for his contributions to Today (formerly The Family Altar), a widely-used monthly devotional booklet associated with the Back to God Hour. Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations for this edition of Twilight are from the New International Version