Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of Glory may come in. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle!” (Psalm 24:7-8)
David invites the people to receive their coming king. City gates were opened to leaders who offered deliverance for their people. They were also raised to welcome their ruler who was victorious in battle. Who is this King? He is the creator and owner of the earth and all who live in it (v1-2). He is the only one uniquely qualified to “ascend the hill of the Lord” because He alone “has clean hands and a pure heart.”
He is Jesus, the Lord of Glory, who was crucified for our deliverance by defeating sin and death. One scholar writes, “When the Son of God, clothed in flesh, appeared as the King of glory, the Lord of Hosts himself entered his Temple to dwell with us, not in a shadowy metaphor, but in reality.”
How should we respond to the King of glory? By worshipping the Lord who is “strong and mighty.” Choose to see your current circumstances today through the lens of God’s greatness.