Prayer Guide: Psalm 47

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

 Clap your hands, all peoples!
    Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
    a great king over all the earth.
He subdued peoples under us,
    and nations under our feet.
He chose our heritage for us,
    the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah

God has gone up with a shout,
    the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
    Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
For God is the King of all the earth;
    sing praises with a psalm!

God reigns over the nations;
    God sits on his holy throne.
The princes of the peoples gather
    as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
    he is highly exalted!

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.



God’s Praiseworthy Attributes:

  • Worthy of praise – vv. 1, 6, 7
  • Worthy of reverential awe, worship – v. 2
  • He is Sovereign, the Most High – v. 2, 8
  • He is King, Ruler over ALL – vv. 2, 7, 8
  • Awesome in power – v. 3
  • He fights our battles for us – v.3
  • He’s the author of salvation history – v. 4
  • He loves his people – v. 4
  • Faithful to his covenant – v. 9
  • He is a God of blessing – v. 9
  • Keeper of His promises – v. 9
  • Father of a diverse, new creation people formed from all the nations, races, tribes of the earth – v. 9
  • Highly exalted, glorious, honorable – v. 9

Possible Prayer Prompts:

  • God, I shout to you with joy today, because…
  • I will praise You Lord even when…
  • We highly exalt You together because you are…
  • I praise You Lord because of your faithfulness to me when…
  • I praise You Lord for keeping your word to me even when…
  • Lord, I rejoice that you are on your holy throne because…
  • Lord, I am in awe of You because You…


  • God, you truly are the King of Kings. Therefore, it is right that I surrender ___________ to you today.
  • I confess my inclination to exalt myself, instead of you, when I ____________.
  • I confess at times I don’t trust you as I ought. Help me to trust you with ____________ today.


  • Help me to sincerely praise You Lord today, even when…
  • Help me to worship you in my __________.
  • Because You fight our battles for us, I pray that You will deliver me from _______________.
  • Because You fight our battles for us, I pray that You will deliver _______________ (name) from…
  • Give me a heart to fear you this week as I…
  • Give me grace to sing to you this week as I…
  • Because You love your people, I seek Your care for _________ today.
  • I pray that _________ (name) will know your power and sovereignty today as they wait on you for _____________.


  • Lord, I am trusting You today to fight for…
  • Lord, today, I will trust You to rule over …
  • Lord, today, when I am tempted to build my own kingdom, help me instead to worship and wait on you for …
  • Lord, help me to hope in the promise of the New Creation, when I am tempted to despair of …