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Of David. A psalm.


[Preliminary Comments: This simple psalm ascribed to David reflects on who God is – the Creator and the Holy One of Israel. He ponders on who can come into His presence at the Tabernacle in Jerusalem and realises afresh it can only be those who are righteous and faithful to God (not idol worshippers). Such people can be assured that when they seek the lord, they will be blessed by Him. But then he imagines the Lord coming into the city as one triumphant in battle [v.7,8] but when he seems to repeat that [v.9,10] he simply ascribes Him as ‘The Lord Almighty', the One above all others. Four times he refers to God as ‘The King of glory'. One or two version speak of ‘this glorious king' but that loses the sense of the Glory that surrounds God in scripture, that reveal Him as the unique and perfect One.]



Part 1: Possible Worshippers


v.1,2 God is The Creator


v.1  The earth is the Lord 's, and everything in it,
     the world, and all who live in it;
v.2  for he founded it on the seas
     and established it on the waters.


v.3,4 Who can come into His presence – the faithful righteous


v.3  Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord ?
     Who may stand in his holy place?
v.4  The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
     who does not trust in an idol
     or swear by a false god.


v.5,6 Those people who then seek Him, they will be blessed


v.5  They will receive blessing from the Lord
     and vindication from God their Savior.
v.6  Such is the generation of those who seek him,
     who seek your face, God of Jacob.



Part 2: Welcoming in the King of Glory


v.7,8 Open the way to let the mighty and all-glorious One in


v.7  Lift up your heads, you gates;
     be lifted up, you ancient doors,
     that the King of glory may come in.
v.8  Who is this King of glory?
     The Lord strong and mighty,
     the Lord mighty in battle.

v.9,10 Let welcome Him in, realise His wonder, His glory


v.9  Lift up your heads, you gates;
     lift them up, you ancient doors,
     that the King of glory may come in.
v.10  Who is he, this King of glory?
     The Lord Almighty—

   he is the King of glory



[Additional Thoughts: Note and meditate on the different names or descriptions of God here: ‘the Lord' [v.1], ‘God… Saviour' [v.5], ‘God of Jacob' [v.6], ‘King of glory' [v.7,8,9,10]. Initially there is concern about how any of us could approach Him, but that gives way to simply welcoming Him into the city. Interestingly there is no call to praise or worship, simply to welcome Him into the city.]



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