Psalm 24

In this psalm, the arrival of a royal king into his capital city is described. Perhaps it was written in connection with the arrival of the ark of the covenant into Jerusalem during the reign of David. In a higher sense, it pictures the arrival of Jesus into heaven at his ascension.

Remember that everything belongs to the Lord: ‘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’ (verses 1-2).

Give thanks that Jesus is the perfect man who was able to ascend into God’s presence: ‘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’ (verses 3-4).

Rejoice that he has received spiritual blessings for us: ‘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’ (verses 5-6).

Imagine the entrance of Jesus into heaven: ‘Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in’ (verse 7).

Recall the battle that he fought at Calvary: Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! (verse 8).

Repeat thinking about the entrance now that we have seen its connection to the cross: ‘Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in’ (verse 9).

Rejoice that Jesus is the supreme Lord: Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory! (verse 10).

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