Saturday, November 9, 2013

The King of Glory (Part VI)

"Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, 
ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in." 
Psalm 24:7

At this juncture, the Psalm becomes intensely Messianic.  To some degree, these things must have applied to David.  God brought him to the throne in a miraculous manner.  Truly, the gates of Jerusalem must have lifted up their heads as David brought home the ark of God, carried on the shoulders of the Levites.  Yet, to stop at the application to David's life would do this passage a severe injustice.  Our attention must be drawn past the wars and terrors of the Great Tribulation and into the magnificent splendor of the Millennial Kingdom.  After Christ has put down His enemies at the great battle of Armageddon, He shall enter into Jerusalem to establish His rightful kingdom.  We are told in the book of Ezekiel that the glory of the God of Israel, the glory that Christ embodies, will enter through the east gate of Jerusalem at the end of the tribulation period, "Afterward He brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: and, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and His voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with His glory (Eze. 43:1-2)."  What a glorious day it will be when our sinless Savior walks through the war-ridden gates of this now troubled city.

"Who is this King of glory? 
The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle."  Psalm 24:8

With full intent of describing this magnificent King, David asks for emphasis, "Who is this King of glory?"  He answers his own question with sound resolve, "It is the LORD."  The word here for LORD is the most sacred name for God that He has given us.  It is JEHOVAH.  David goes on to describe Him.  He is strong (powerful), and He is mighty.  He is mighty in battle.  After seeing God destroy the Egyptian enemy in the Red Sea, Moses said in his song, "...the LORD is a Man of war; the LORD is His name."  Christ will settle any and all questions concerning the rightful place of the Holy Land.  Jerusalem and all the earth belong to God, and He will destroy the enemies of His people.  Many painters have attempted to capture the nature and demeanor of the Lord Jesus but most have failed.  At best, no one could capture His nature.  He is not a long-haired, effeminate individual as often portrayed.  In this passage, we see Him as the everlasting Father, a Man of war, and the Prince of peace.

"Lift up your heads, O ye gates; 
even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; 
and the King of glory shall come in."  
Psalm 24:9

The return of Christ to His rightful kingdom will be such a glorious event that even inanimate objects are commanded to lift up the head.  Lifting up the head is a symbol of turning from defeat to victory.  Christ's return will mean absolute victory and peace for His saints and destruction for His enemies.

"Who is this King of glory? 
The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah."  
Psalm 24:10

Before bringing to a close this tremendous Psalm, the Holy Ghost once again brings our attention to the magnificence and splendor of this great Conqueror of all the universe.  He now uses a title for our Lord Jesus Christ not previously used.  "Who is this King of glory?"  He is Jehovah, yes.  But He is also Jehovah of hosts.  This title means Jehovah of the armies.  This King of glory is the LORD of all the armies.  None can stand before Him.  He has conquered sin and death, and He will conquer all future enemies.  By His death on the cross, burial and resurrection, he has put down the powers of darkness and made public display of their insufficiency, "And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it (Col. 2:15)."  Truly, He is an amazing King, "Is there a God beside Me? yea, there is no God; I know not any (Is. 44:8)."

The person who is willing to repent and flee to the righteousness of Christ will there find a safe haven.  The Messiah will impart to that person His righteousness and will enable them to "stand in God's holy place."

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