Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.
Psalm 47:1-2 (NIV)
Clap Your Hands
Clap Your Hands by the Montreal-based The Beau-Marks has the distinction of being the first rock recording to be written, performed and produced entirely in Canada AND to chart in the holy grail of the U.S. market. The first cut on the “High-Flying Beau-Marks” album, Clap Your Hands, was released in April 1960 as a 45-rpm single with Daddy Said on the B side. The single charted well with Canadian radio stations; the album notes claim that it was No. 1 in Canada. A re-recorded version with hand-clapping added in went on to be a hit in the U.S., Australia and Europe.
Today is Pentecost, the day the Church was birthed and the Holy Spirit came in power and authority to take up residence in the heart of each and every follower of Jesus. That is a profound mystery – that the Creator of the Universe dwells in the heart and soul of every single redeemed man, woman and child. And with His presence comes blessing beyond measure, including joy. King David calls us to respond in Psalm 47:1-2: “Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy. For the Lord Most High is awesome, the great King over all the earth.” I heard the story of the man with no church background who came to Jesus in an evangelistic service. He had never been in church before, so he didn’t know that he was supposed to act reserved. He got up after receiving Christ and ran back up the aisle shouting “Yippee, yippee!” What a beautiful picture of the joy that is ours in Christ. Take time today to express your joy – clap your hands and if you want to, shout “Yippee!”
These have been words from the heart.