Today’s post is part of our Psalm Saturdays series from guest blogger Robert Chamberlain. You can contact him by sending a message to bobjc88 @ gmail.com. You can also find him at his new blog at www.roberlain.blogspot.com .
Psalm 24:1–10 (ESV)
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.
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his 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.
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
7 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle!
9 Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah
If Psalm 23 shows us God’s humility to be our Shepherd, Psalm 24 shows us God’s glory as our King. It seems almost blasphemous to call God humble, but He is, because humility is not thinking of yourself more highly than you ought. And it’s impossible for God to think more highly of Himself than He should.
Someone might say God being high and mighty is Him being proud. But pride is thinking too highly of yourself. And it’s impossible for God to think too highly of Himself, because He is the Most High God.
Everything is God’s. He’s in the highest of heavens. How can people like us presume to approach Him? We need Him to make us clean, because we cannot approach Him as we are, or upon our own terms. We need forgiveness and grace.
“King of kings, we exalt You today and ask that You would cleanse us so that we can enter Your presence without fault and with great joy. To Your praise and glory, amen.”
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