King of Glory
Lord God, please speak to me now as I read Your Word. I want to hear You and follow You.
Read Psalm 24:1-10
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.  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.  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.  Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty- he is the King of glory. Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhat qualities are said to characterize a blessed person?
This psalm is full of wonder at our God’s power and might. He is great; he is the Creator; everything belongs to him. We saw evidence of this power as we read about the early church this week. He is a God who performs wonders and healings. He is a God who can send an angel to release his people from prison. He is a God who is to be feared and obeyed. The psalmist, however, is not satisfied with merely admiring and praising this mighty God from a distance. He wants more; he wants to enter into his very presence (3). At the same time, however, he is aware of God’s holiness. He recognizes that a sinful man cannot rush into the presence of a holy God. The psalmist knows that he must receive such righteousness from the God of his salvation (6). We, too, need that gift of righteousness in order to approach God. Only by the blood of Jesus can we hope to have clean hands and a pure heart in order to enter God’s holy presence. May we never lose that sense of awe at the majesty of God and at the wonder of his gift of righteousness.
Take a moment now to reflect on the majesty and holiness of God, and the high privilege of entering his presence.
Great God, thank You for the gift of righteousness through Your Son Jesus. May I never take it for granted.