‘Truth for Truckers’ *February 24, 2014* Psalm 24 “The Coming of The King of Glory”
Three Psalms in a row paint a marvelously accurate picture of the Lord Jesus Christ, Psalm 22 shows Him as the Suffering Savior, Psalm 23 shows Him as the Superior Shepherd, and Psalm 24 shows Him as the Strong Sovereign, The King of Glory, the LORD of Hosts, the Mighty King of kings and LORD of lords! In (v.1, 2) He is the Owner of everything upon earth including the planet for He as the Creator of all makes Him the owner of the earth and the seas.
Then, two questions are posed: “Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who shall stand in His holy place?” Immediately the answer is given: “He that hath clean hands and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek Him, that seek Thy face, O [God of] Jacob. Selah. (Psalm 24:3-6)
While those of us who have “Clean hands and a pure heart; who have not lifted up our souls unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully” will gain access to the holy of holies and therein the Throne of Grace, this verse also lines up perfectly with the characteristics of the 144 Thousand in Revelation 14:1-5. First of all they are seen on “The holy hill of the Lord” Mt. Zion (Revelation 14:1). Secondly, they are standing with the Lamb in a holy place. Third, their blameless condition is described: “And in their mouth was found no guile for they are without fault before the Throne of God.” (Revelation 14:5) which equals their description in Psalm 24:4.
This Psalm has end times implications for it describes a generation which parallels the 144 Thousand. Then in (v.7-10) there is a command to “Lift up your heads” which mirrors the command given in Luke 21:28: “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draws nigh.” This command/event occurs right after the heavenly signs which signal that the beginning of the Day of the Lord, which is the wrath of God (Joel 2:30, 31; Luke 21:25, 26) is about to come to pass. Believers are promised deliverance from the wrath of God: “God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation [deliverance] by our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 5:9) which indicates deliverance by the Lord’s Rapture of the Saints!
The similarity of these two Scriptures occurs as the King of Glory/Jesus Christ is coming and we are to lift up our heads and look for Him in the clouds. Psalm 24 is a vague illustration of this event that we look for as the signs of the end of the age are all around us in our culture, in Israel and Bible prophecy is being fulfilled as we speak. Jesus is coming just as He promised: “I will come again and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:3).
Psalm 24 describes the King of Glory who as the Lord of Hosts will crush the Satanic opposition at the end of the 70th Week of Daniel as described in Revelation 19:11-21 when the kings of the earth and their leader the Antichrist will be summarily defeated. He is the Lord of Hosts strong and mighty in battle, He is the King of Glory. This Psalm was fulfilled in David’s time when He brought in the Ark of the Covenant into the city of David as described in I Chronicles 15:25-29 for it was sung as when the presence of God returned to His rightful place. This coming of the presence of the King of Glory into Jerusalem in David’s day gives a picture of how Jesus will come in the clouds and later to Jerusalem through the eastern gate when the command is given: “Lift up your heads O ye gates and the King of Glory shall come in.”
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