The King of Glory ~ Psalm 24
For our E-Bulletin this week I want to give you an assignment. I hope that is OK. The assignment will also be on the back of your bulletin insert this Sunday so if you accidently delete this email you can grab the assignment on Sunday.
Perhaps the best way to rub Psalm 24 into the pores of your souls would be to use it as the ancient people of God did … in Worship. So my assignment is for you, as an individual, a family or a life group family, is to take your Bible and a hymnbook. If you don’t have your own hymnbook, you can borrow one from the church (we trust you).
Read verses 1-2 of Psalm 24 and then sing and reflect on the words from Joachim Neander’s Hymn “Praise to the Lord, The Almighty, the King of creation” (#337). Then read verses 3-6 of the Psalm and respond by singing George Croly’s “Spirit of God, Descend upon my heart” (#147). Finally, read verses 7-10 and then sing “Come Thou Almighty King.” (#341)
I wanted to share with you from one of my favourite authors – Charles Haddon Spurgeon. The following is from Spurgeon’s “Treasury of David”
The opened gates of heaven invite the weakest believer to enter.
Dear reader, it is possible that you are saying, “I shall never enter into the heaven of God, for I have neither clean hands nor a pure heart.” Look then to Christ, who has already climbed the holy hill. He has entered as the forerunner of those who trust him. Follow in his footsteps, and repose upon his merit. He rides triumphantly into heaven, and you shall ride there too if you trust him. “But how can I get the character described?” say you. The Spirit of God will give you that. He will create in you a new heart and a right spirit. Faith in Jesus is the work of the Holy Spirit, and has all virtues wrapped up in it. Faith stands by the fountain filled with blood, and as she washes therein, clean hands and a pure heart, a holy soul and a truthful tongue are given to her.
The closing note is inexpressibly grand. Jehovah of hosts, Lord of men and angels, Lord of the universe, Lord of the worlds, is the King of glory. All true glory is concentrated upon the true God, for all other glory is but a passing pageant, the painted pomp of an hour. The ascended Saviour is here declared to be the Head and Crown of the universe, the King of Glory. Our Immanuel is hymned in sublimest strains. Jesus of Nazareth is Jehovah Sabaoth.
See you Sunday … as we Worship the King of Glory