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Psalm 24 is a beautiful song of adoration and worship to our God. Over and over again, it calls him the King of glory. Glory means God is worthy of our praise, lives, and worship. It means all creation bows before him. It means he is second to none. The psalm opens by declaring that the entire earth is God’s, including everything in it. We are stewards of this earth. We are stewards of our possessions and the resources we have, but they are not ours. They are God’s. This in and of itself gives a 180 degree change of perspective to the way we normally think about material wealth on this planet. We are conditioned to hoard wealth in order to protect ourselves and to rise higher on the social status ladder. Psalm 24 tells us we don’t need to protect ourselves because that’s the King’s job–and he is already at the top of the social ladder (and he loves us), so we don’t need to worry about that either. Our primary job is to worship him and use the resources he has given us in those acts of worship, glorifying his name by the way we bring our King’s kingdom here to this place (see the Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:10).
I picture Psalm 24 as a raucous worship romp, the type of song David would have danced like a madman to (2 Samuel 6:12-22). It has the feeling of crescendo behind it, particularly the last four verses. I can hear a modern day spoken word or hip hop artist pulsating out the question “Who is this King of glory?” over and over again with strength and triumph, sending electricity through a worshipful throng.
He is the Lord Almighty and we can rest in him. So often we try to do God’s job. We put the weight of the world on our shoulders, thinking it’s our job to solve all of life’s problems. We forget that our job is to worship and glorify the King, it’s his job to do everything else. The psalms have been clear that all of our problems in this life are not going to go away, but they are also clear that God defeats Satan. God defeats evil. God is the ultimate victor and we are on his team. We can rest and trust in him through all of the ups and downs of this life. Through the times we are drowning. Through the storm and the war.
Psalm 24 directs us to seek God’s face. I love this picture. God wants you to see him. He wants you to see his face shining upon you (Numbers 6:24-26).
Seek his face today. He is the King of glory!
Prayer for the day: God, give me perspective. Help me to stop trying to carry the world on my shoulders. Help me to see and feel that you are already carrying me. Help me to rest in you. Help me to seek your face and worship you! You are the King of glory! You are the conquering King who has defeated Satan and evil. You give hope for this life and on into eternal life. You have saved and rescued us Jesus and I thank you. Thank you for loving me. Thank you that your love is so real and so deep and so true. You are the Lord Almighty, the King of glory.
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