FRIDAY, JUNE 29
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 24
This glorious Psalm presents a lot of important truth.
It begins with the truth that the earth and everything and everyone in it belong to the Lord. It is all His. We might think the land is ours as we buy and sell it but it belongs to the Lord. We might think our kids belong to us as we make decisions for them but they belong to Him. We might think we are our own person and are directing our own life but we all belong to God.
It all belongs to Him and we are simply stewards tasked with the responsibility to use what He has given to us for His great glory and for the good of those around us.
As the Psalm continues, a question is posed. Basically the question is who can approach the Lord. Then the Psalmist lists some qualifications: clean hands, pure heart, pursuit of what is true, and integrity. Before you start working on sharpening up that list of characteristics in your own life it is important to remember we all fail at this list. We can’t do this on our own. That doesn’t mean that the list is unimportant. It doesn’t mean these characteristics shouldn’t be evident in our lives. It means we can’t do this on our own.
Because we can’t do this on our own, we can’t come to God on our own. That takes a Mediator, a High Priest, a Savior extraordinaire. It takes Jesus. It is only through Him that we can truly come into the presence of God which is what is meant by the phrase “who seek the face of God” at the end of verse 6.
By the time we get to verse 7, we get to another Messianic section much the same as we found in the previous two Psalms. This refrain of the King of Glory coming is repeated. This could be a prophecy of Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem days before His crucifixion and His Second Coming.
This King of Glory is described as strong and mighty, mighty in battle, as well as (in verse 10) the Lord of Hosts. By the way, the NIV translates this as the Lord Almighty. In the original language this refers to the One who is the Captain of the Fighting Angels which is the meaning of the word hosts. But there is also included in that Hebrew phrase a mention of the power possessed by the One who is the Captain of the Fighting Angels which is where the NIV gets “Lord Almighty”.
Regardless, the Messiah who has come and who will come is all powerful. He commands heavenly armies. There is nothing too hard for Him. There is nothing too difficult for Him. There is nothing that can stand in His way. He is the King of glory!