Israel’s Great Failure

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.


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The View from God’s Throne

Today’s reading is Psalm 8.

Oh Yahweh, our Master, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! What well-known praise. How deserving our God is of such praise. But His glory is not just in the earth. It is not just over the earth. It is above the heavens. Certainly, we are not to see this geographically, as if the throne of God is “up” from the earth above the sun, moon, stars and the great expanse of space. Yet, as we envision the hierarchy of the universe, we see the glory of the earth, then we see the glory of the heavens, then way above that is the glory of God. As Psalm 113:4 says, “The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens!” But then the psalm goes on to say, “Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth?” That is the view from God’s throne. He is lofty and lifted up above. We have to look up to see the heavens, so small are we. God looks down to see the heavens and then looks through them to see the earth. That is the greatness of our God. How majestic is His name in all the earth!

Tomorrow’s reading is Psalm 8.

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