Saturday, June 26, 2010

Praying the Psalms- Psalm 24

Jenny has begun a journey of praying her way through the Psalms that I have decided to join. Each weekend, we will pray through one psalm and post our prayer and/or meditations on that psalm as the Lord leads. Check out her journey and join us in Praying the Psalms.

Psalm 24

Can we expect the full answer to this question this side of Heaven?  Who is this King of Glory?  Glory?

John Piper says that ... "God's glory is the radiance of his holiness, the radiance of his manifold, infinitely worthy and valuable perfections."

Easton's Bible Dictionary defines glory as, among other things, "...the glorious moral attributes, the infinite perfections of God. Jesus is the "brightness of the Father's glory."

And I am sure they are right.  And I am sure they are only partially so.  For how could our human minds ever fully comprehend He who owns everything, made everything?

Knowing God is of infinite importance to us, for through this knowledge of Him, He gives us everything we need for life and godliness.  So I certainly study Him and how He has revealed Himself through His Word.  And, by His grace, I do have a theological understanding of who He is and who I am and how He has vindicated me and saved me.  

But when I read Psalm 24, I cannot help but get lost in the last few verses:
"Who is this King of glory?
       The LORD strong and mighty,
       the LORD mighty in battle.

 Lift up your heads, O you gates;
       lift them up, you ancient doors,
       that the King of glory may come in.

 Who is he, this King of glory?
       The LORD Almighty—
       he is the King of glory."
       Ps 24: 8-10
Yes, I know who He is, this King of Glory.  But one day I will see Him face to face and only then will I really know the Lord Almighty.  Until that day, I offer Him my awe, wonder and worship.


Colleen said...

Great reflection. I am often struck by those words too - Who is this King of Glory? And I love the song - it is a new one for me. God bless!

Barbara said...

Really lovely. In today's world which seeks to remove God from our consciousness, we can continually sing praise to His glory through this psalm.

Jenny said...

Only true.

Natalie said...

Thank you ladies! Colleen, the song is by Chris Tomlin- he's one of my favorites. Look his songs up on YouTube- you'll love them!

Douglas R Dahl said...

The Psalms seem to take us from the depths of the challenges we face in the human situation to reminding us again and again of the glory and majesty of God. Amen. Thanks for the post.

Natalie said...

Absolutely, Douglas. Thanks!


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