May 2020 Devotion

REFLECTION ON PSALM 24

Of David. A psalm.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.[a]

They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.[b][c]

Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.

(Psalm24:1-18 NIV)

Most of David’s psalms are highly emotional. This particular one is instructional. It seems more like a poetic proverb. Many modern worship songs use these verses as lyrics.

First and foremost, this poem brings glory to God, the Creator of Heaven and Earth. The structure of the poem has the ending recapping the beginning. The names of God are like facets of a cut gem. Each one reveals another part of His wonderful character. This psalm is the only place in the New International Version were the name “King of Glory” is used.

Next, the poem lists the qualifications for being in God’s holy place. Holy means special or set apart. Clean hands are metaphoric for purity. We need to have or hearts clean to be in or Lord’s presence. Idol worship pollutes. Anything we trust in more than the LORD is spiritual poison.

Further, blessings are conditional. Our faith and trust will determine the results. Our interaction is required.

Some of our Savior’s promises are unconditional. Foe example, Jesus is alive forever. Nothing I do can disrupt this action. He is eternal.

“I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever. And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” (Revelation 1:18 NIV)

Finally, David portrays the Lord as a Mighty Warrior who can open gates that no one can close. The images of Jerusalem or opening our hearts denote an all-encompassing worship celebration.

Lord, thanks for cleansing or hearts and minds through the blood of Jesus. We, like David, join in this powerful worship celebration. We long expectantly for the unimaginable worship with you in heaven. Continually open the gates of hearts. In Jesus’ name we pray. AMEN!