Psalm 47:2-6 (NASB)
2 For the Lord Most High is to be feared, A great King over all the earth. 3 He subdues peoples under us And nations under our feet. 4 He chooses our inheritance for us, The glory of Jacob whom He loves. [b]Selah.
5 God has ascended [c]with a shout, The Lord, [d]with the sound of a trumpet. 6 Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises.
Psalm 47:2-6 (KJV)
2 For the Lord most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth.
3 He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet.
4 He shall choose our inheritance for us, the excellency of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
5 God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.
6 Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.
When the term "inheritance" is used in Psalm 47:4, would it be correct to say that it is alright to interpret it as either
- Demarcated physical boundaries/borders of land of Ancient Israel as defined in Genesis 15:18–21 , Exodus 23:31 , Numbers 34:1–15 , etc.,
Joshua 14:1 (NASB) Now these are the territories which the sons of Israel inherited in the land of Canaan, which Eleazar the priest, and Joshua the son of Nun, and the heads of the households of the tribes of the sons of Israel apportioned to them for an inheritance,
The Joshua 14:1 (KJV) verses also uses the word "inheritance"
The case for associating the term "inheritance" in Psalm 47:4 with the Demarcated physical boundaries/borders of land of Ancient Israel are based on the preceding verses:
Psalm 47:3 (NASB) 3 He subdues peoples under us And nations under our feet.
Psalm 47:3 suggests/hints to me that "peoples" and/or "nations" refer to the Ancient Canaanites people who resided in the Canaanite land prior to the arrival of the Ancient Israelites.
Also, Psalm 47:4 ends with the term "Selah" which means pause which in turn suggests/hints that the Psalm 47 author wanted a break in the train of thought as people were praying/reading over Psalm 47
- inheritance in Jesus Christ as specified in
John 1:12–13 (NASB) 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were [a]born, not of [b]blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
Ephesians 1:9–11 (NASB) .......the summing up of all things in Christ, things [d]in the heavens and things on the earth. In Him 11 [e]also we [f]have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to His purpose who works all things after the counsel of His will
The Ephesians 1:9–11 (KJV) verses also uses the word "inheritance"
The case for associating the term "inheritance" in Psalm 47:4 with the inheritance in Jesus Christ is the successive verses:
Psalm 47:5 (NASB) 5 God has ascended [c]with a shout, The Lord, [d]with the sound of a trumpet.
Even though it might seem to be a mild exaggeration, it seems to me that Psalm 47:5 uses the word "ascended" which suggest/hints that the Psalm 47 author is referring to the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. ( Other people might think it is a really weak case , please see: https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/a/37906/19810 )
Therefore, to summarize said question, is Psalm 47:4 use of the word "inheritance" referring to
-Demarcated physical boundaries/borders of land of Ancient Israel
-inheritance in Jesus Christ ( i.e., "right to become children of God", " to the end that we who were the first to hope in [g]Christ would be to the praise of His glory." )
-Or is it Both of the above?