Why Do We Clap Our Hands?

Four12 Global Adam Hellyer, WORSHIP


In Triumph

“O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” Psalm 47:1

Clapping our hands is not just about keeping in time with the drummer! Sure, we can clap, on beat or off beat, but clapping has less to do with music and more to do with triumph.

Applause, from Latin meaning ‘beating of wings’, is an ancient way of publicly expressing approval and celebrating success. The joyful hand clap as the ace striker slots the ball in the net. The intimidating slow hand clap as the opposition striker makes his way to the penalty spot, and the deafening roar as he spoons it over the crossbar and into the grandstand!

In Psalm 47 the thundering hand claps accompany a battle cry of triumph.

“For the LORD Most High is to be feared, a great King over all the earth. He subdues peoples under us, and nations under our feet.” Psalm 47:2-3

Today if you have never clapped your hands and shouted in triumph, take the plunge! Clap your hands, make some noise; shout unto God with a voice of triumph!


Adam serves at Joshua Generation Church. He has a particular passion for worship and apologetics. You can follow Adam on his blog and Facebook.

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