Psalm 24

A Psalm of David.

 1 The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.

2 For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.

3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place?

4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.

5 He shall receive blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face. Selah

7 Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.

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

9 Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.

10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah

 

What do you seek?  That is the question that is asked of us all day long every day.  It comes in many different forms.  What time do you want to get up in the morning?  What do you want for breakfast?  What level of effort do you want to put into your work today? What do you want for lunch?  Do you want fries with that? All of these and so many more are all variations on the same question.

 

This brings up a new follow-up question.  Is what you seek worth the journey? No one wants to cross deserts and climb mountains for a half-eaten can of spam (no offense is intended to the fine, noble folks who make spam).  Is working the long hours worth the stress it brings?  Is time spent exercising worth the outcome?  Is the speed you are driving at to save just a few minutes worth the risk of a ticket or an accident?  Is putting off instant gratification worth the greater delayed gratification later?

 

Those are the questions that this psalm addresses.  Is maintaining clean hands and a pure heart worth it?  I gotta ask, because sometimes it can be very hard to seek the face of God instead of the more immediate and far easier offers constantly presenting themselves.  Is it really worth it?  Who is this King of Glory anyway?  The LORD God Almighty, incomparable in power, matchless in wisdom, unsurpassed in beauty and majesty.  Think of the one hundred greatest rewards you have ever received or even heard of, multiply that by infinity and you have barely scratched the surface of how great a reward is waiting for those who find His favor.  Seek Him while He may be found and never mind the journey, for nothing else compares to seeing Him at journey’s end and hearing Him say, “Well done, receive your reward.”

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