7/17 – Who is the King of Glory? (Psalm 24)
Introduction — Here David gives soaring praise to the Lord as the holy, powerful creator. David affirms that only the individual with clean hands and pure heart may stand before the Lord. That person will receive a blessed rescue from the God of his salvation. That individual stands as example of all those who seek—this is the generation—the Lord, who seek His face. David, the king of Israel, sees the true King of glory arriving in victory. Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Who is the King of glory? The Lord of hosts is the King of glory. David urges the city to be ready for this King. David implores the city to openly receive this King. David is excited to welcome this King, the creator, the Lord strong and mighty. How about us? Do we welcome this King? Do we praise Him? Do we stand clean before Him? Do we seek Him? Do we seek His face? Do we prepare our hearts to embrace Him? Do we urge others to embrace Him? Do we shout His victory? Do we know this King of glory? Do we love Him? Do we cry out to Him? Do we stop to consider His greatness? Do we live for the King of glory?
This is a psalm of festive praise to the victorious King. Who is the King of Glory? The King of glory is the Lord of creation. The earth is His, and all its fullness, the world, and those who dwell in it. The King of glory is holy, righteous beyond compare. The King of glory is strong and mighty. The King of glory is the Lord of hosts. Seek His face. Open your heart. See your King. Bow down before your King. Welcome your King. Shout His fame. Sing His praise. Behold your King.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah. (10)
The king is eternal. The king is creative. The king is in control. The king is holy. The king is mighty and strong. The king is victorious. The king is coming. Do you see Him? Do you know Him? Do you want Him? Do you welcome Him? Do you seek Him? Do you embrace Him?
He Is the Creator—See Him
1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it.
2 For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Comments: Here David gives soaring praise to the LORD as the powerful creator. David affirms that the earth is the LORD’s, in all its vivid fullness. The world belongs to the LORD. He is the one who made it all, and He is the one who is over it all. As creator, the LORD founded the earth (Gen 1:9-10) upon the seas and established it (Gen 2:10-14) upon the rivers. David knows that this King of glory is the Lord of creation. To consider God’s majestic creation leaves David in awe of God. He asks, “Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place?” David is alert to the LORD’s power over all life, and he sees that apart from God’s grace, he’s on shaky ground. Why? David knows that God is holy (Ps 11:4) and he is not (Ps 14:3). David sees his great need before this great King. Questions: Do we see our great need before God? Do we stand in awe of the Lord? Does His creation leave us speechless? Does the thought of God’s power leave us breathless? Do we praise the Lord who is over all? Do we praise the Lord who holds the world by His word? Do we consider the holiness of God, the purity of God? Do we see our great need before Him? Do we come clean before Him? Do we bow down to Him? Do we cry out to Him? Illustration: For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. ~ Romans 1:20
Application: See your King. Behold your King. He is mighty. He is powerful. He is eternal. He is creative. He is in control.
He is the Savior—Seek Him
5 He shall receive a blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face—even Jacob. Selah.
Comments: David continues his meditation on the LORD’s holy grace. David is fully aware God’s favor toward him is lavish. By His grace, the LORD gives David clean hands and a pure heart. By His grace, the LORD blesses David, making him righteous. By His grace, the LORD rescues David. The King of glory is the God of his salvation. David knows that those whom God redeems are those who seek His face. And to emphasize the value of looking to the Lord, David uses two different words for seek. The first means to look with care. This is a diligent search. The second means to discover. This is an inquisitive search. Both are an intimate, intense search. Neither is casual. David is one who seeks God’s face, who yearns to know His heart. David is a man after God’s own heart. He wants to know God and live for God. Questions: Do you seek God’s face? Do you long to know Him better and better? Do you cry out to Him? Do you join with others who seek God’s face? Do you desire for others to seek God’s face? Do you encourage others to seek after God? Illustration: Glory in His holy name; let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad. Seek the Lord and His strength; seek His face continually. ~ 1 Chronicles 16:10-11
Application: Seek your King. Look to your King. Embrace your King. Welcome your King. He is holy. He is faithful. He is gracious.
Word Study for Psalm 24
1 earth (eres—ground; territory; surface of the earth; soil; dirt; country; people; space; world)
1 all it contains (melo—that which fills, makes full; filled completely; abundance; full amount)
2 founded (yasad—to found, establish; lay a foundation; fix; assign; ordain)
3 ascend (alah—to lead up; go up; climb; move upward; take up; sacrifice; offer up)
3 stand (qum—to arise; to get up; stand; establish)
3 holy (qodes—apartness; sacredness; something holy; sanctuary; ritual and moral purity)
4 clean (naqi—innocent; free of blame, free from obligation; not guilty; pure; unmarried)
4 pure (bar—pure; clean; radiant; empty; bright)
5 blessing (berakah—benediction; gift; wealth; treaty of peace)
6 seek (daras—to seek with care; to inquire about; consult; look for; care about)
6 seek (baqas—to discover; search for; look for; to seek for oneself; call on; consult; discover)
7 may come in (bo—enter; bring; lead; gather; arrive; pursue; be included; return)
7 king (melek—ruler; leader; the great king; the king of kings)
7 glory (kabod—heaviness; burden; riches; reputation; honor; weight; abundance)
8 mighty (gibbor—manly, vigorous; hero; champion)
10 hosts (saba—military service; army; military unit; the host of heaven; battalions)
Application for Psalm 24
Let’s stand in awe of God’s creation.
Let’s stand in awe of God’s power over creation.
Let’s stand in awe of God’s holiness.
Let’s approach God with clean hands and pure hearts.
Let’s seek God’s face.
Let’s lift up our heads and our hearts to God.
Let’s welcome the King of glory.
Let’s ready ourselves for His return.
Gospel Connections for Psalm 24
Jesus holds the world together by His word. He is the creator. He founded the seas. He established the rivers. He is holy. He lived a perfect life. He served with clean hands and a pure heart. He rejected falsehood. He shunned deceit. Jesus lived a perfect life. And Jesus makes us clean by His perfect atoning sacrifice. He makes us righteous. He is the King, strong and mighty. He is victorious over sin and death. He will return. Jesus urges His followers to tell others to be ready for His coming. Jesus is the King of kings. Jesus is the Lord of lords.
Thoughts and Quotes for Psalm 24
Too many kings can ruin an army. ~ Homer
Creation discloses a power that baffles our minds and beggars our speech. We are enamored and enchanted by God's power. We stutter and stammer about God's holiness. We tremble before God's majesty . . . and yet, we grow squeamish and skittish before God's love. ~ Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel
This act [creation], as it is for God, must always remain totally inconceivable to man. For we--even our poets and musicians and inventors--never, in the ultimate sense make. We only build. We always have materials to build from. All we can know about the act of creation must be derived from what we can gather about the relation of the creatures to their Creator. ~ C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm
Every sin is an act of cosmic treason, a futile attempt to dethrone God in His sovereign authority. ~ R.C. Sproul, The Holiness of God
The Gospel shows people their wounds and bestows on them love. It shows them their bondage and supplies the hammer to knock away their chains. It shows them their nakedness and provides them the garments of purity. It shows them their poverty and pours into their lives the wealth of heaven. It shows them their sins and points them to the Savior. ~ Billy Graham
One day, a housework-challenged husband decided to wash his sweatshirt. Seconds after he stepped into the laundry room, he shouted to his wife, "Honey, what setting do I use on the washing machine?"
"It depends," she shouted back. "What does it say on your shirt?"
He yelled back, "Texas A & M.”
~ retrieved from http://www.homileticsonline.com/ on July 12, 2016
I want creation to penetrate you with so much admiration that wherever you go, the least plant may bring a clear remembrance of the Creator. One blade of grass or one speck of dust is enough to occupy your entire mind in beholding the art with which it has been made. ~ Basil
The reason we sing is because there are depths and heights and intensities and kinds of emotion that will not be satisfactorily expressed by mere prosaic forms, or even poetic readings. There are realities that demand to break out of prose into poetry and some demand that poetry be stretched into song.
So music and singing are necessary to Christian faith and worship for the simple reason that the realities of God and Christ, creation and salvation, heaven and hell are so great that when they are known truly and felt duly, they demand more than discussion and analysis and description; they demand poetry and song and music. Singing is the Christian’s way of saying: God is so great that thinking will not suffice, there must be deep feeling; and talking will not suffice, there must be singing.
—John Piper, “Singing and making melody to the Lord,” December 28, 1997
Come and see. How joyfully and spontaneously a child interrupts a parent with the urgent invitation to come and see. With delight, we go and see the child’s creation—a drawing, sand castle, Lego house. With words of praise, we see their latest accomplishment—balancing on a skateboard, mastering a piano piece, pouring their own juice . . .
Come and see. Why does that simple, clear invitation become so disturbing, so difficult to extend? The invitation to see Jesus has an urgency about it that many of us find uncomfortable, if not impossible, to convey.
Come and see Jesus. It’s not an invitation to observe Jesus from afar. Rather, it’s the call to share in his sufferings, to entrust one’s whole life to the promise that this one is the Messiah, the Savior of the world. Come and see Jesus is the invitation to live by faith and to be turned toward our neighbor. It’s the invitation to come and die, to lay down one’s life for the sake of the gospel and the neighbor.
~ Mark S. Hanson, “Come and see Jesus.”