Monday, November 26, 2012

Psalm 24

Yesterday, our Call to Worship at chu was Psalm 24, and it was so encouraging to me that I just had to share it with y'all! 

Psalm 24
The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof,
    the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas
    and established it upon the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
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.
He will receive blessing from the Lord
    and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah
Lift up your heads, O gates!
    And be lifted up, O 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, 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

This psalm can be divided into three sections:  a declaration of God's ownership over His creation, a question asking who is worthy to stand before the Lord, and a call to acknowledge the Kingship of Christ by welcoming Him.
The question is rhetorical, of course.  No human except Jesus fills that bill, but He freely offers us His righteousness before the Father.  And the gates of a city were where the leaders went to hear cases, so the reference to 'gates' lifting up their heads means that the rulers are to lead the people in worshiping God. 

Happy Cyber Monday!


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