Psalm 24

Dec 18, 2020 | INSIGHTS

We begin with a psalm that speaks of the Earth the Lord came to redeem. Can I encourage you to read Psalm 24 slowly, and see where the Lord leads us as we drink of its wisdom.

The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof,
the world and all who dwell therein.For He has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.Who may ascend the hill of the LORD?
Who may stand in His holy place?He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear deceitfully.He will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from the God of his salvation.Such is the generation of those who seek Him,
who seek Your face, O God of Jacob.
Selah

Lift up your heads, O gates!
Be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of Glory may enter!

Who is this King of Glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
the LORD mighty in battle.

Lift up your heads, O gates!
Be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of Glory may enter!

Who is He, this King of Glory?

The LORD of Hosts—
He is the King of Glory. (BSB)

In his Expositions, Maclaren comments on this psalm and suggests that:

This whole psalm was probably composed at the time of the bringing of the ark into the city of Zion. The former half was chanted as the procession wound its way up the hillside. It mainly consists of the answer to the question ‘Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?’ and describes the kind of men that dwell with God, and the way by which they obtain their purity.

This second half of our psalm is probably to be thought of as being chanted when the procession had reached the summit of the hill and stood before the barred gates of the ancient Jebusite city. It is mainly in answer to the question, ‘Who is this King of Glory?’ and is the description of the God that dwells with men, and the meaning of His dwelling with them.

We are to conceive of a couple of half choirs, the one within, the other without the mountain hold. The advancing choir summons the gates to open in the grand words: ‘Lift up your heads, O ye gates! even lift them up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of Glory shall come in.’ Their lofty lintels are too low for His head to pass beneath; so they have to be lifted that He may find entrance. They are ‘everlasting doors,’ grey with antiquity, hoary with age. They have looked down, perhaps, upon Melchizedek, King of Salem, as he went forth in the morning twilight of history to greet the patriarch. But in all the centuries they have never seen such a King as this King of Glory, the true King of Israel who now desires entrance.

We want to be the generation of those who seek the King of Glory. What can we do to make way for Him to come in? Psalm 107 tells how He shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron. (Ps. 107:16) I love the thought that no gate can prevail against Him. But how precious when we open them to Him ourselves! He enters and prisoners are released, captives are set free, and those who mourn are comforted. Amen!

 

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