Psalm 24



Inspiration and Wisdom from

Psalm 24


Gaining wisdom and stronger faith in God


through reading the 24th Psalm

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This Psalm is a Psalm of David.


Verses 1-2


The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness,

The world and those who dwell therein.

For He has founded it upon the seas,

And established it upon the waters.

Psalm 24:1-2 NKJV

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The earth belongs to God

because He created it.


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God also has the

ultimate ownership

of everything we have personally.


When we remember

to look at God

as the owner of everything,

we have more respect for Him.


Verse 1

The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness,

The world and those who dwell therein.


We see a parallel to verse 1 (above) in

1 Corinthians 10:26:

For the earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof.


The first two verses
are designed to inspire us
to give God respect and to praise Him.



The Sovereignty of God




The Lord hath prepared his throne

in the heavens and

his kingdom ruleth over all.

Psalm 103:19 KJV


Verses 3-4


3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?
Or who may stand in His holy place?

4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol,
Nor sworn deceitfully.

As we seek to approach God,
we are reminded that God is holy.


As we draw near God
and put God first in our life,
we find ourselves
choosing holy living
more and more.


We don't need to "change" to come to God,

but coming toward God

will

change us.


There is a strong natural pull

to become like the people

you spend time with. 


So...

Let's spend time with Jesus!




Verse 4

Verse 4 talks about having clean hands and a pure heart.

He that hath clean hands (external)

and a pure heart (internal).


Although we can never fully be "cleansed" and "holy"
on this earth,
God does expect us to pursue holiness.

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Learn as you go along what pleases the Lord.

Take no part in the worthless pleasures

of evil and darkness,

but instead rebuke and expose them.

Ephesians 5:10-11 TLB



Follow God's example

in everything

you do

just as a much loved child imitates his father.

Ephesians 5:1 TLB


Verse 5


5 He shall receive blessing from the Lord,
And righteousness from the God of his salvation.


Verse 5 is telling us that:


As you change

which means becoming more and more like our Lord,

you will be able to approach God

in deeper fellowship

and

that results in receiving more blessings.



Great blessings belong to those who live pure lives!

    They follow the Lord’s teachings.

Great blessings belong to those who follow his rules!

    They seek him with all their heart.

Psalm 119:1-2 ERV


Verse 6


6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face.
Selah

As we Christians read verse 6,

we are met with the understanding that

God wants us to SEEK him.  

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If we SEEK God,
it will change us
outwardly and inwardly.

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Verse 6 uses the word "Jacob"

to remind us of Jacob the son of Isaac.

I invite you to our page

Jacob

if you want to consider some main points about

Jacob and his life.


Verses 7 - 9


7 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall 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 you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.

Verse 7

7 Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.


Gates and Doors

found in verse 7 and verse 9


Here we see the idea of ALL gates and doors
are to be flung open
for the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. 


Gates and doors can refer to entrances
of a city
or
temple of God.


David had plans to build beautiful entrances
to be a part of a magnificent temple of God.
 This was probably on his mind as he wrote this psalm.


In addition it could refer to:

The gates and doors
 of our mind and heart.


In Revelation 3:20

Jesus is at the door of our heart.

Jesus says:

Behold I stand at the door,

and knock:

if any man hear my voice,

and open the door,

I will come in to him and will sup with him,

and he with me.



I see God telling me

to fling open the doors

and

gates of my heart

and allow God to come in and be Lord of all of me.


"And the King of glory shall come in."

Psalm 24 verses 7b and 9b


God wants to have access to me - all of me.


God wants to fully reign in my heart.


Devoted believers of God are the temple of God
and thus,
God wants full access to -  us!


You shall love the Lord your God

with all your heart

and mind and with all your soul

and with all your strength [your entire being].

Deuteronomy 6:5 AMP


Comparing Verse 8 and Verse 10

Verse 8 
Who is this King of glory?

The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.

Verse 10
Who is this King of glory?

The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory.
Selah

Psalm 24

in verse 8 and in verse 10

teaches us

to remember to

praise our Lord.


Below is a unique way to praise

The Lord God

of

Psalm 24


Verse 10


10 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory.
Selah


Selah means

Pause and think about it.


Verse 10 is the final verse of Psalm 24.


In verse 10 - as in verse 8

we have a picture of reverberating honor and praise

linked with great pomp and circumstance.


This final verse is the height
of the crescendo
of this psalm.



I often think about heaven
and ponder
the wonder of all the
pomp and circumstance
that we will see.

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One day we will view
the great heavenly pageantry
that will honor
the King of Glory and the Lord of Hosts.


Many believe that this psalm

was written by David

to celebrate and later commemorate

the bringing of the ark of the covenant

to the House of God.


Interesting Biblical Comparisons


It is noteworthy

that Psalm 24 begins with a proclamation of

the earth giving glory to God

and Psalm 19 begins with a proclamation of

the heavens giving glory to God.


Also note

Verse One says:


The earth is the Lord's, and all its fullness,

The world and those who dwell therein.


From Psalm 24 verse one,

I see the implication that
WE
are part of verse 1 where it says -
"and those who dwell therein."

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So we are reminded that

"It is God who made us, and we are His."

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Psalm 100:3 says,

"Know that the Lord, He is God'
It is He who has made us,
and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture."

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Ephesians 2:10 tells us

"For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good works,
which God hath before ordained
that we should walk in them."


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