God is the creator (vv. 1-2), holy (vv. 3-6), and glorious (vv. 7-10)! That is the heart of Psalm 24. It conveys that God had first say as Creator, the overall say as the Perfect One, and the final say as the Lord Almighty! He doesn’t just exist as the Creator of everything, but is approachable, desires a relationship with us, and desires to fight our battles as we open and surrender our lives to Him.
Verses 1 and 2 tell us everything belongs to the Lord – everything! The One Who created it all owns it all. These verses describe the vastness of God’s power and possession, displaying His prominence and preeminence over all. Not only is famous, He is the most famous! Not only is He a Creator, He created everything! Not only is He a landowner, He owns it all! We have God Who is the most famous, most powerful, and most resourceful of all! He created everything out of nothing because He is everything! What a big and powerful God!
While verses 1-2 show us how big and powerful God is in the whole world, verses 3-6 describe how He wants a personal relationship with us (v. 5). This relationship is exclusive as it is for those who desire to be holy as He is holy. When we seek Him with the right heart, we receive Him and His blessings! Not only do we know the God Who created the entire world, we get to go to the holy mountain of God (v. 3) and worship in His presence (v. 6).
This Creator-of-all is relational with individuals who seek Him. He wants to spend time with us, but realize He determines what we do in that relational time! He asks those who seek and find Him to “open up” and “let the King of Glory enter” (vv. 7, 9). There is much speculation as to which ancient gates and doors these verses are speaking of in reference to David, but one can apply it today to the ancient doors and gates of their heart. You are in His presence. It’s not just the God who is far away and created and owns everything in general, it is the God who asks you to come near with a clean heart (v. 4) and have relationship with Him as savior (v. 5) to worship in His presence (v. 6). It is the God who asks you to dismantle the barricades of your heart that He may fully come in! This Warrior King of Glory wants to be your defender instead of the old rusty safeguards you’ve unsuccessfully relied on. Open up and let the King of glory enter!
- Do you see God as more of a distant Creator or a near Savior?
- Have you tried to ascend the mountain of the Lord (v. 3) with the wrong motives?
- What old gates and doors have you not opened to the One Who is the Door and Gate (John 10:7-9)?
Lord, I open up my heart and ask You the King of Glory to enter in! I want a pure heart and hands. I desire to know You (relationship) and not just about You (information). Help me trust you, the Holy Lord of Heaven’s Armies! In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.