Psalm Night on Psalm 24B

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Lets Open with Prayer

Father we now call upon you to be with us and be in our presence.
And illuminate our minds by your Spirit and Word.
We thank you Father in all things in Christ name Amen.
Lets rise to Sing Psalm 24B

Psalm Sing Psalm 24B The Earth and Its Riches

24 A Psalm of David.

1  The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,

the world and those who dwell therein,

2  for he has founded it upon the seas

and established it upon the rivers.

3  Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?

And who shall stand in his holy place?

4  He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

who does not lift up his soul to what is false

and does not swear deceitfully.

5  He will receive blessing from the Lord

and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6  Such is the generation of those who seek him,

who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah

7  Lift up your heads, O gates!

And be lifted up, O ancient doors,

that the King of glory may 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 gates!

And lift them up, O ancient doors,

that the King of glory may come in.

10  Who is this King of glory?

The Lord of hosts,

he is the King of glory! Selah

Vs-1-2 The earth is the Lords
Everything is Gods
even the seas and the rivers according to verse 2
The Book of Psalms & The Book of Proverbs
ocean depths. Heb. neharoth (rivers) is a poetic parallel for yammim (seas), and the NLT’s “ocean depths” captures the sense quite nicely .
This verse alludes to Baal’s conquering of Yam and Nahar
The allusion to Canaanite mythology serves an attack on those that worshiped false deities
The purpose the affirmation that Yahweh, not Baal or Marduk, is king over all creation.
So it it the God of the Bible Yaweh that is creator of the World and who controls the Seas and the Rivers.
The whole earth and everything in it, especially human beings, belong to the Lord, because he created it all.
And To create is to own, and to own is to have dominion over.
For the LORD is a great God, a great King above all gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth and the mightiest mountains.
The sea belongs to him, for he made it.
His hands formed the dry land, too.
The picture in 24:1–2 is that of the earth built and floating on top of a watery mass.
This is related to the picture in Exodus 20:4, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven
above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth” (ESV).
An earth floating on a watery mass would not be stable unless there were a solid foundation laid,
and our text indicates that the Lord laid that very foundation
This picture of an earth stabilized on water is not to teach us geology but theology.
The “seas” and “ocean depths” evoked, in the ancient mind, images of Baal subduing Yam and Nahar, rival deities.
The Lord does not subdue any rival deities in the process of creating the world,
but the affirmation of a stable creation is the basis of the affirmation that the Lord is “a great King above all gods” we see this taught also in
Psalm 95.3 “For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.”
Psalm 24 begins by confessing that the God of Israel is the Creator-King who knows no rivals.
Next in verses 3-6 we read

3  Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?

And who shall stand in his holy place?

The Book of Psalms & The Book of Proverbs (Notes)
24:3 Who. The interrogatory “who” occurs four times in the psalm, twice with regard to the identity of the worshipers and twice (24:8, 10) with regard to the identity of the one worshiped.
This repetition serves to highlight the relationship between the people and the Lord
All people belong to the Creator-King, but may all people approach him? His special presence is on a mountain, and this mountain is holy.
What is required of those who would participate in a procession, climbing the mountain and entering his presence (24:3)?
Verse 4 provides the answer. First, the worshiper must have purity.
To the pure God shows himself pure (18:26). The purity required must be inward (“heart”) as well as outward (“hands”).
Second, the worshiper must have loyalty. To the loyal, God shows himself loyal (18:25).
This loyalty excludes the worship of all rival deities.
Third, the worshiper must have integrity. To those with integrity God shows integrity (18:25).
Integrity between word and deed is essential in relating to God. Such people “will receive the LORD’s blessing” (24:5) and have a right relationship with him.
Verse 6 would then have served as an affirmation that the people participating in the procession viewed themselves as qualified to proceed. But who can say, “I meet the requirements of the holy God?
We have already seen how this question was answered for Psalm 15 by the preceding Psalm 14. And so
Here the answer will be given for Psalm 24 by the following Psalm 25, where David, fully aware of his failures to meet the requirements
nevertheless confesses that he is one who lifts his soul to the Lord (25:1), not to idols (24:4), and who trusts in the Lord (25:2–3) for “compassion and unfailing love” (25:6).
Anyone who comes by grace through faith may approach the Creator-King.
They Are Gods Elect and are referred to the generation of those who seek him
Last we will look at verses 7-10
Climbing the mountain has no purpose if the Creator-King is not present.
Moses once said to the Lord, “If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place” (Exod 33:15).
In Psalm 24 the procession of the people is joined with the procession of the Lord.
A similar scenario is portrayed inPsalm 132:7–8:Let us go to the sanctuary of the LORD;let us worship at the footstool of his throne.
Arise, O LORD, and enter your resting place, along with the Ark, the symbol of your power.
Since the participants in the procession meet the requirements, instructions are given to open the city gates that the “King of glory” may enter (24:7).
But there were many claimants to the throne in the ancient world, so the question must be raised as to the identity of the deity who would presume to take the throne. Answer:
“The LORD, strong and mighty; the LORD, invincible in battle” (24:8).
The “battle” in view would have been some military battle in the history of Israel, but this battle was just one more demonstration that the Lord has been king since creation,
when he “subdued” the seas and ocean depths
“The LORD of Heaven’s Armies—he is the King of glory.”
It does not take much imagination to envision a time when the Creator-King proceeded into Jerusalem on a donkey, surrounded by a throng of people shouting,
“Praise God for the Son of David! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the LORD!” (Matt 21:9).
In fact, “the entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as he entered. ‘Who is this?’ they asked. And the crowds replied, ‘It’s Jesus’ ” (Matt 21:10–11).
He is the King of glory. But soon the crowd would roar, “Crucify him!” (Matt 27:23),
because without his substitutionary life and death none of the peoples of the earth could ever hope to approach the holy Creator-King.
Because the Creator-King himself entered the city to atone for sin, whoever trusts in his unfailing love can approach the Creator-King with confidence (Heb 4:14–16).
Heb 4:14-16 “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
The day is coming when the Creator-King in all his glory will proceed with all the angels to enter his earth-sanctuary (Matt 25:31)
so that his dominion might be established in its eternal fullness.
On that day the shout will be heard,
“Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter.”
Then will be heard the question, “Who is the King of glory?”
The answer will resound throughout all space and time, “The LORD of Heaven’s Armies—he is the King of glory.”
So lets rise again and sing to our great King and Redeemer Psalm 24B
PSALM 24B The Earth and Its Riches

Closing Prayer

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Congregational Prayer
Grant, Almighty God, that since you daily exhort us,
and though you see us often turning aside from the the right path,
You are kind Father because you do not cease to stretch forth your hand to us,
and you also continue to wake us up us by many reproofs,
that we may repent—
Father grant that we may not be permitted
to reject your Word with perverseness;
But rule us by your Spirit,
That we may meekly and obediently submit to you,
Help us to be teachable, so that if we have not been willing to submit to your correction,
That we may not continue in our sins.
Father help us to heed your spirits correction.
Heal our diseases so that we may truly repent,
Help us to be so wholly given to obey you,
as never to attempt anything beyond the rule of your Word,
and help us to heed the wisdom which you have revealed to us,
not only by Moses and your prophets,
but also by your only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Father we ask for all these things in the powerful, glorious, majestic, and wonderful name of Jesus Christ Amen.
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