Today’s reading is Psalm 24.
Some believe this psalm was written when David had the Ark brought to Jerusalem. Others believe it was when Solomon brought the Ark into the temple. Still others believe it was written much later and simply a memorial of these trips. Honestly, I don’t have a dog in this fight at all. The bigger point that we should see is not about the Ark of the Covenant at all. The bigger point is about the King of glory! And who is the King of glory? Jesus, of course! Certainly, when He was first brought to the temple there were a couple of people who tried to point out the reception He should receive (think Anna and Simeon). And the second time He came to the temple, teachers were astonished. However, when Jesus grew up, He should have been hoisted on the shoulders of the people, brought into the temple this song being sung. When He cleansed the temple of the money changers, He should have been lauded and applauded. He should have been asked, “What else shall we do to serve You, King of Glory?” He should have been praised and worshiped universally. The people should have realized He was actually too big to be housed in that temple. But, instead, the Jews believed they were defending the temple by keeping Jesus out of it. Instead of marching Him up Zion’s hill and letting Him take His rightful place on the throne of God in the Holy of Holies, they marched Him up Golgotha’s hill outside the gate and nailed Him to a cross. He was and is the King of glory, the Lord of hosts, strong and mighty, mighty in battle. And Israel failed. Their hands were defiled with the blood of Jesus. Their hearts were divided against their true King. They did lift up their souls to what was false. They did swear deceitfully. And they did not receive their blessing. But as many as did receive Him and believed in His name were given the right to become children of God and subjects of the one, true King of Glory, Jesus Christ. Which choice have you made?
Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 24.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, who is the King of glory? It is no surprise that the psalmist says Yahweh. That is actually the word translated by “LORD” when it is in all caps, but the first letter is just a little larger than the others. However, keep in mind what John the apostle says at the beginning of his gospel account. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). He goes on to say that this “Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). In other words, the Word is Jesus. Jesus is God. Jesus is Yahweh. Jesus is the King of glory. He is strong and mighty. He is mighty in battle. He is the Lord of hosts. That is, He is the Lord and King of the angelic armies. And He could have called all those hosts down upon the Roman legions and the Jewish nation when they took Him to the cross instead of to God’s throne room. But He didn’t. And that was because of His love. Jesus loved those people. Jesus loves us. If He had lifted up His head in battle, we could not be saved. So instead, He bowed His head in submission to the Father’s will and died for us. Praise the Lord! And thank God!