This Chapter Reveals The Lord’s Glory in His Coming For us

One of our favorite hymns was inspired by the glowing face of a man who seemed to live continually upon the lofty peak of life. Seeing him in the audience a famous preacher noticed his radiant expression. Often the man with the shining countenance would exclaim joyously, “Ye … More

Glory

The Earth is the Lord’s (v. 1). It is certainly true that every nook and cranny is His but there is one spot to which He lays special claim and that is the land of Israel. The Palestinian Arabs and the P.L.O. say it belongs to them but it doesn’t. It belongs to God and he has deeded it to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, not Ishmael; to the Jew and not the Arab. No world conference or summit meeting of the superpowers is going to change that. The land of Israel is God’s land. Glory!!!

This psalm is not only a battle cry for the church, it also looks forward to Christ’s future entry into the new Jerusalem to reign forever (Rev. 19;11-21). It reveals the Lord’s glory in His coming for us:

  1. The Glory in creation (vv. 1-2). The world today is in turmoil because of sin, but the creator will one day set His creation free (Rom. 8:18-23).
  2. The Glory in salvation (vv. 3-6). Nobody but the Lord can meet God’s qualifications to live in His Holy place. He will forgive us and let us live with Him forever.
  3. The Glory in the kingdom (vv. 7-10). These verses probably celebrated David’s return to Jerusalem from a great victory but they speak to us of our King of glory.

As these ancient Israelites began to ascend the hill to Jerusalem they joyously sang, “Lift up your heads, oh ye gates; and be lifted up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of Glory shall come in.” They continue to sing, “Who is the King of Glory?” and answer"The Lord strong and mighty.”

Application

I want to be able to praise the lord in the glory of His creation, the glory of His salvation, and the glory of His presence as He comes to set up His kingdom.

Psalms 24:1-10 (English Standard Version)

The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory!

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