Psalms Chapter 24

Psalms Chapter 24 #KingOfGlory #TheLord 

Context

Psalm 24 is a song of praise to God. in verses 7-10 David calls God the King of glory. 

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah. Why is David making this statement?

David made a mistake in 2 Samuel 6:1-10. Someone died because he did not follow the prescribed protocol for the handling of the Ark of God. He was not too happy with God. Then in verses 11-18, it was reported that “the Lord blessed Obededom, and all his household.” Just look at the handling of the Ark now. Then read on and discover the jubilation experienced by David and the Children of Israel.

11 And the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the Lord blessed Obededom, and all his household. 12 And it was told king David, saying, The Lord hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness.13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. 14 And David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 16 And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal Saul’s daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart. 17 And they brought in the ark of the Lord, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.

David learned from this experience that indeed there a God of order, and structure, and there is no one to whom He should offer praise and adulation. The Psalm is attributed to David as its author. However, Longman adds an explanatory statement as to why David ascribes to the “Holy Hill/Mount” as the resting place of the Ark. 

The psalm’s title associates it with David, the king. If one takes the title as ascribing composition of the psalm to David, a minor problem arises in the reference to the mountain of the Lord as the location of the holy place (v. 3), since such would most naturally be understood as a reference to the temple on Mount Zion, which was not constructed until after David’s death. Of course, David did bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem (2 Sam. 6; 1 Chr. 15) and placed it in a tent, perhaps on Zion, although this is not certain. We also know, according to 1 Chronicles, that David expended considerable energy preparing for the building and organization of temple worship (Longman 2014, 138).

Outline

Cayce suggests the following outline for this Psalm.
The psalm is clearly divided into two parts:
  1. A processional song emphasizing God’s sovereignty and man’s need for righteousness before God (verses 1-6),
  2. An antiphonal song that is stressing the glory of the Lord (verses 7-10) (Cayce 2017, Psalm 24).
The Creator of The Earth and all things: God 
  • 1(A Psalm of David.) The earth is the LORD’S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
  • 2For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

Gen. 1:1– 2 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. In verse 1 David acknowledges God’s creative power. “The earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof” indicates that God is the creator of everything on this earth, living [“they that dwell therein” and non-living “the world, and!”]  

New Testament References

  • 1 Corinthians 3:21 reiterates this fact. “Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s.”
  • 2 Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:”

It is eye opening that David isolates how the earth was first in Genesis, “founded it upon the seas” and he also addresses the “establish[ment[” of to the earth after the “ it upon the floods.” 

Who can touch the Holy Things and Who Can Enter into the Holy Place/TheHoly of Holies?

  • Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?
  • He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
  • He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
  • This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

 David categorically asks a question in verse 3 “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? Why? Who cares who can enter into the Holy of Holies? God does! He placed the guidelines for the type of person who could enter into the inner sanctum of the temple in Leviticus 16:2-34. No David was not stating that he met the qualifications for entrance into the Holy of Holies. But he does describe the qualifications of the person who can enter into the Holy of Holies. Only the Levites were given that charge by God. See 1 Chronicles 26:1-19.

  • He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
  • He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
  • This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob.

Well, what about the worshippers? Could anyone just come before the God in the tabernacle? No! Leviticus 15:31 states”Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile my tabernacle that is among them.” So, the above verses apply to both the worshippers, the leaders, and the Levites. No one in Israel who worshipped an idol could enter into the Sanctuary Longman 139). 

Now how about us in 2018? Longman suggests that these verses refer to the general integrity of the worshipper, and provides descriptors ofhow a person with integrity acts: “who does not lie, or make promises with no intention of keeping them” (139).  So if we are people of integrity we can partake of the Passover/Communion remembrance that we were commanded to celebrate “as often” as we could. 

1 Corinthians 11:24And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” and 

1 Corinthians 11:25After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.”
Paul also made it clear that a sinful person could not eat at the Passover table. 
Verses 27-32 Identifies the actions that disqualify an individual from eating at the Passover Table. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.  But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” We cannot eat the body and blood of Christ with hatred in our hearts.

The Triumphant Entrance

  •  Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
  • Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
  • Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
  • 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.

Verses 7-10 are an exchange between 2 unidentified people. One makes the statement about how The Lord should be praise, where He should be praised, and what happens when He is worshipped. Verse 7 is repeated  in verse 9 “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in,”  with a slight twist at the end and verse 9 “even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.”  Matt. 21:1-10; Rev. Chapter 19 tells us who holds the title “The King of Glory!”

Revelation 19:10-16  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecyAnd I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. [John:1:1 leaves no doubt who the term “the Word of God” is speaking about, ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” and verse 15 “John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.”

Finally, the second speaker identifies the personage of The King of Glory.”  “Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. . The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.” 

The King of Glory is Yeshua Meshua, The Lord God Almighty, The Everlasting One, The King of Peace and He is the all-in-all of all believers.

Do you know my king?

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References

 

Cayce, Ken. 2017. “Books of the Bible.”  http://www.bible-studys.org/About%20Me.html. Accessed August 29, 2018

Longman, Tremper, III. 2014. Psalms : An Introduction and Commentary. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Accessed September 15, 2018. ProQuest Ebook Central.

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