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::Devotional:: ‘Who is this King of Glory?’

February 25, 2010

If someone were to pose the question, “Who was the greatest athlete of the 20th century”, they’d probably receive a variety of different answers.  If someone were to pose the question, “Who is the best singer in America”, they’d probably receive all kinds of answers as well.  However, if someone were to pose the question “Who was the first man to set foot on the moon”, there is only one answer.  Neil Armstrong.  When David wrote Psalm 24 and posed the question, “Who is this King of glory”, there was only one answer as well.  Jesus Christ.

The second half of Psalm 24 (v. 7-10) is almost like a call and response method of learning information.  The main question is posed first in the call and then the answer is given in the response, very much like a catechism.  The question David posed is, “Who is this King of glory?”

Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.  Who is this King of glory? v. 7-8a

One commentary I read said that this Psalm may have been used in corporate worship.  The people outside the temple would call out for the doors of the temple to be opened, symbolizing the ushering in of the King of glory, and the priests within would call back, “Who is this King of glory?”  In a final response the people would call back in declaration of who the King of glory was.

The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. v. 8  The LORD Almighty – he is the King of glory. v.10

The King of glory was the LORD, Jehovah, strong and mighty in battle.  Paul wrote about the culmination of this power and strength in Jesus Christ to the church at Ephesus in the New Testament.

I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.  Ephesians 1:18-21

David also wrote that the King of glory was the LORD Almighty or the ‘Lord of Hosts’, Jehovah Sabaoth (pronounced Sah-vah).  The Lord of Hosts is the supreme commander of the armies of heaven.  He is the rider of the white horse in the book of Revelation, called faithful and true, who judges and wages war in righteousness.  He is the leader of the charge of the armies of heaven who are clothed in white linen and ride upon white horses.  He is the warrior upon whose thigh is written “KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”  He is the LORD Almighty.

Who is this King of glory?  His name is Jesus!

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7

One Comment leave one →
  1. Pat Turner permalink
    February 25, 2010 9:39 am

    I love this song and the guy who sings this song. I love the prayer he prays at the end of the song. I love this devotion also.

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