God’s Word Goes Forth: Spread Tidings of Joy to Everyone
Psalm 24: This psalm begins by acknowledging that all the world belongs to God and continues with a question/answer format regarding who may enter the Temple and come into God’s presence. It concludes with praise for the LORD, “the great king.” The reference to the “LORD’s hill” (verse 3) would be Mount Zion in Jerusalem where the Temple was built.
Who is this great king? The triumphant LORD – he is the great king!
Most likely this psalm was sung as a liturgical hymn when entering the Temple and as the Covenant Box was being carried in. The Covenant Box was regarded as the earthly throne of God. Verses 3, 8, and 10 may have been sung in a responsive manner, with the priests singing the questions and the worshipers responding. How do you envision the procession while this psalm is being sung? How is God being praised in this psalm? According to verses 4-6, who may “enter his holy Temple?”
Dear Lord, you are indeed triumphant and you are my king. May my thoughts and actions this day be pure and pleasing in your sight. To worship you is my heart’s delight. I sing your praises and I open the door of my heart so that you may enter and abide with me always. Amen.
Isaiah 7:1-25: The prophet Isaiah speaks words of assurance to King Ahaz of Judah.