Ps 24—-Who is this King of Glory?
Verses 8 and 10 ask the question, “Who is the King of Glory?” I’d ask, who is the King of Glory to YOU?
Glory….the greatest of compliments….glory implies qualities beyond human imagination…beyond human capabilities…..something we cannot imagine, but can only honor to the best of our ability.
Glory in God’s realm is even beyond that…..we have no idea what is in that level of reality. The size, power, beauty, qualities, are something we can only imagine as a microscopic part. So when we use the term “Glory to God”…we have no idea what we are depicting. Giving someone glory is the highest compliment, and to give enough glory to actually COMPLIMENT GOD is beyond our comprehension.
Now, let’s go beyond that yet…..the term “King of Glory” means that He is at the top of that…….beyond what is incomprehensible!!!!………………The only One who deserves that caliber of Glory…..
Try to imagine the power of that idea…………………….
Now, imagine this……..that King of Glory wants to come in to Your heart. I know you’ve heard the alter calls before, but sometimes we don’t “get” the whole idea……Sometimes, somewhere in the duration of the service, the awe of it all is lost. Maybe even mechanical, and we need to stop and get in touch with the “hugeness” of this King of Glory……this Saviour…….Yes, connect the two….the King of Glory came down into a very “Unglorious” situation………He went from the Highest of the High to the lowest of the low, by His own choice…….and He did it for YOU. Let that sink in…..forget the “sinners prayers” that are pre-written for a moment….forget the “fire and brimstone” preaching for a moment….. Just deal with the immense thing YOUR King of Glory did for YOU!!!!!
And all He asks of you is to acknowledge it and let Him dwell in your heart and make your life infinitely better. What He did on the cross is only the beginning of what He wants to do for you.
He degraded Himself for you, and now He wants to lift YOU up to His Holy Hill to see partially what He sees. Ps. 24 says: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fulness thereof: the world and they that dwell therein. For He hath founded it upon the seas and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord, or who shall stand in His Holy Place?”
He’s inviting you to the Holy Hill with Him!!!!!! He wants to instill in You a vision of how He sees the world and people He created!!!! What a magnificent gift!!!! I can think of nothing more desirable than to see through the eyes of the King of Glory!!!!!!
But, that takes a long time, and can’t be done without obeying Our Lord.
Vs. 4 says that (the one who will ascend the Holy Hill, is) he that hath clean hands, and a pure heart, who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.” “Well,” you say, “that leaves me out”….It leaves all of us out…none of us have led a life like that , but, vs.5 says “He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”……..There we have that salvation and forgiveness promise again….way back in the Book of Psalms!!!! He will forgive our past sins, and give us the power to lead a better life.
Remember in Vs. 4, the word “vanity”? That is the key to a life of fellowship with the King of Glory…..of spending more time on the Holy Hill and seeing through the eyes of the King of Glory.
Vanity comes from the word “vain”…meaningless…..useless…..think about how much time we spend uselessly? TV, Movies, games….all useless in our spiritual walk. God doesn’t have anything against us having fun. Jesus had fun when He was on earth. In fact, He will join you in good, clean fun. What He is saying is that our primary concern should be growing in our ability to hear from Him. This means spending time talking to Him and listening for Him to talk to us within our spirit…this all takes time with Him and in the Bible. He speaks a lot through His Word.
Vs. 7 says, “Lift up your heads, O ye gates and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of Glory shall come in.”……What are the gates and doors, and how do we open them for Him?
The gates are the parts of our life that we thought God was in, that we prayed about, but we left some of the blockage up. In those situations, we can see Him through the gates, but we don’t want to QUITE open ourselves completely to Him and His authority. We console ourselves that He is a part of it, and leave it at that, but truthfully, He isn’t able to actually “come in” because the gate is still there.
Doors are those areas of our life and heart that are completely closed to Him. They could be a habit that He wants us to quit, or a relationship that He knows is not good for us, or the way we spend our free time….maybe in ‘vanity’……..these are called “everlasting doors”….meaning they’ve been there for a long time…maybe all our lives, and, if not opened, may stay with us for eternity………..
The only way to ascend into the hill of the Lord —the King of Glory— is to lift up the gates, and open the everlasting doors…..and let the King of Glory come in!!!!! Note that it says he “shall come in”…not maybe, but this is a promise…if we do our part.
If you’re having a hard time with the words, try reading the very next Psalm…Ps 25.…a wonderful prayer that King David prayed………Let the Lord show you how to make it your prayer………………….
So, now who is the King of Glory to you? My prayer is that He is the Lord of your life, and the Lover of your soul.