March 24, 2019

The King of Glory

Psalm 24

The Lord Almighty — he is the King of glory.

—  Psalm 24:10

The gates of Jerusalem had quite a story to tell. It was a story of royalty, glory, splendor, and victory. From the glory days of Israel’s great King David, Psalm 24 reminds us that the gates of Jerusalem were important for God’s people beyond giving protection and access to the city.

In Psalm 24 the gates of the holy city are personified for welcoming the coming King. A jubilant reception awaits the King of glory, the Lord Almighty. The doors are opened; the gates are lifted high. “Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors,” says this psalm, emphasizing that the entrance isn’t high enough to accommodate the glory of the one true King of all kings.

Today as you worship, you may hear these special words in a reading of Psalm 24. Though our earthly worship may fall short, the matchless King of heaven, the Lord Almighty, graciously receives our praise.

Our task is to spread the news of our great Lord and Savior. People may ask us, “Who is this King of glory?” As followers of the King, who calls us into his reign and rule, we too have quite a story to tell.

In this time of Lent, as we walk closer to the sacrifice of Christ on the cross for our sake, may our heads be lifted up in praise and worship.

Heavenly Father, as we worship and praise you today, help us to glimpse your glory and majesty. Bring us closer to you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — Pete Byma

Pete Byma has served as a pastor of congregations in Michigan and in Washington state. Serving now as a pastor in Grand Rapids, Michigan, he is also a consultant/coach for churches experiencing conflict, and he enjoys equipping and establishing people in ministry. He is married to Cheri, and they have four grown children and six grandchildren. Pete is also a registered soccer official and enjoys bicycling.

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