Psalm 47:1 tells us to clap our hands and shout unto God with a voice of triumph. We clap a lot in church, at ballgames, at the racetrack, at a concert. But do we realize that there is power in the clap? We know that clapping is a form of praise, but too often we do it without even paying attention. We will often give what is referred to as a golf clap. Not much effort.
The Hebrew for clap means “to drive a nail”. What does that have to do with anything? Why do you drive a nail?
- To build or create something, the nail holds it together. When you swing the hammer, the nail is driven deeper into its intended position. When you clap your hands in praise it drives that praise deeper into your situation so that in the midst of your mess you are still held together right where God wants you. When you clap your hands you are building faith in the promises of God. You are saying that you believe His Word and are prepared to stand on that Word.
- Drive a nail to hang something on, such as a picture on the wall. When you clap your hands in praise you are saying that all your hope, faith and trust are hanging on the promises of God. Since He said that He would save our household, we need to clap our hands in praise letting Him know that we believe it and expect them to be saved. Since He said that He would meet our every need, we should clap our hands in praise showing our faith in that promise knowing that He’s going to put food on our table and clothes on our back.
Clapping your hands in praise will change your situation and the atmosphere. Clapping your hands will chase away the darkness by allowing the Light to come right in and change the atmosphere.
Now the second part of Psalm 47:1- shout unto God with a voice of triumph. The Hebrew word for shout signifies a trumpet blast. When we shout in praise to God we are blasting the trumpet signifying our complete trust that God is bringing us out of our struggle. A trumpet blast is heard by everybody.
One thing that the clap and the shout have in common is that they both get peoples attention. Your children, people around you. It gets their attention. It also gets Gods attention and once you get His attention, you KNOW that you have nothing to fear. Guess what else? It gets the devils attention too. He knows you mean business when you begin clapping and shouting because there is absolutely nothing he can do about it. You can change the atmosphere.
In Acts 16 Paul and Silas were thrown in the innermost part of the prison for preaching Jesus their feet were put fast in the stocks. It doesn’t say their hands were locked up. They prayed and sang praises unto God and the prisoners heard them. Deep in prison. Sounds get muffled as they echo through the prison. The other prisoners might not have been able to make out the words coming from Paul and Silas. But they would recognize the sound of a clap or a shout. I believe their hands were free and they began clapping and shouting unto the Lord according to Psalm 47:1 and everyone heard them. It changed the atmosphere so powerfully that the very foundations were rattled and everyone was loosed. When you get around someone clapping and shouting to God it will shake the very foundations of your religion and what you’re used to and begin to loose every band on your life.
Do I have to be saved in order to clap and shout? Absolutely not but if you want your life to be transformed to the point that you CAN see your way out of your mess, your struggle, your hopelessness, go ahead and give God praise and He will show up. David said, “Create in me a clean heart.” All you have to do is let go and let God.
Its time for you to get up and get out of your mess.