I happened to glance at a Psalm recently and as with most of the Psalms it kept speaking to me about Jesus. I just had to put my thoughts down.
Psalm 24 (ESV)
A PSALM OF DAVID.
1 The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.
Everything was made through Jesus and for Jesus. It all belongs to him. In fact he took his ownership so seriously that when you and I were taken away from him (or to putit another way rebelled and walked away) he was prepared to give up his life to get us back. I always marvelled at the fact that we are twice his. We are twice his! Once through creation and twice through redemption.
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place?
This seems to me to be a genuine question and in fact an invite. Who wants to go and meet with God? Who wants to stand in the holy place and enjoy his presence? Sadly not all but even those who long for this there is a problem. Hills are not always easy to climb and a holy place can be a very uncomfortable place for someone who is not holy. The holy and the unholy do not mix well. Who is there therefore that can ascend the hill of the Lord? Who is there that can stand in his holy place?
Jesus climbed a very steep hill carrying a very heavy cross. Like Abraham’s son, the son of God carried wood up a hill to the place of sacrifice.
Who shall ascend? Jesus. Only Jesus can really answer verse three in the affirmative. Jesus said “I shall ascend the hill and I will stand in the holy place”.
4 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.
Jesus is uniquely qualified to do that because Jesus is holy in a way that no other man or woman has ever been. He never sinned. Never put a foot wrong. Never gave himself to anything other than God. Never put anything in his life above God. Never stopped loving God with his whole heart and mind and soul and strength. Never lied. Always told the truth. He is the only man who ever had a truly pure heart and did not succumb to idolatry.
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Jesus took the wrath of God for us and received the blessing of God for us. Jesus received the righteousness from God for us. If we think we have earned God’s blessing we need to think again. We have earned only wrath. If we believe we are good enough for God we are dangerously deluded. Yet Jesus opens up a heavenly treasury for us, that through faith in him we might be rich beyond our wildest dreams. And this wealth cannot be measured in gold. How could something so precious be measured in bits of shiny metal? We get Jesus and everything along with him. We inherit the whole earth with Jesus and everything in it. Everything. Everything.
But having everything is empty without knowing God as our father. Things only take on value in the context of relationship. Through adoption God becomes our father. The spirit of adoption is poured out on us and dwells within us. Plus finally, when Jesus comes again we will be united to him. Ultimate intimacy is the context in which we will enjoy our inheritance for all eternity.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
All this is achieved by Jesus and now those who seek God can find him and take hold of all this through faith in Jesus. The face of the invisible God can now be seen in Jesus. Relationship that seemed so out of reach is now offered to all through faith in Jesus. Peace with God.
7 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Jesus left heaven to come to Earth. He left the glorious presence of his father to come and rescue us. What a sombre day that must have been in heaven when the gates grudgingly parted for the King of Glory to leave. They must have opened slowly and with heavy hearts and drooping heads. The cherished beloved son was leaving the family home. The task ahead of him was grim. But the scene would be different the next time they opened.
8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!
Jesus is strong and mighty in battle. He took on sin and Satan and sickness and death and defeated them on the cross. There on the hill of the Lord, that Calvary, that place of the skull, he triumphed over his enemies. He made a public spectacle of them. Crushed them for all to see.
9 Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
What a different atmosphere in heaven now that it is finished. Now that the battle is won. The cry goes out “Open the gates”. The king of glory returns. Open up you ancient doors. All heaven cheers as he returns. Think of Roman emperors returning from victory with the city streets lined with cheering people. Or closer to home think of Olympic athletes returning after winning masses of medals at the Olympics. Now multiply it by a million.
10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah
What is glory? It is the visible outshining of all the infinite excellencies of God. Billowing white clouds, luminous and lit up on a bright summers day. That is glorious. A million million points of pin prick light spread out over the clear night sky. That is glory, but Jesus outshines them all. His face shines like the sun in all of its brilliance. He radiates the invisible brilliance of God. He makes the one who dwells in unapproachable light visible.
Who is this King of glory?
Jesus is the king of glory!
Let me hear you say it again! Who is the King of glory?
Hear he comes. Open the gates!
It probably sounded like a mixture of all these together but louder and longer:
I wonder what angles sound like when they chear. Probably a lot lounder than people.