Blessed are You, O Lord, who is the King of Glory

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Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle!
Lift up your heads, O gates!
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
he is the King of glory!
~Psalm 24:7-10

Sunrises like the one above remind me of that glorious occasion when the Lord makes a grand entrance into our lives. On this particular day as I watched the morning sun rise, I felt as though I was attending a coronation. The rays of sunshine bursting powerfully from behind the clouds resemble a king’s crown.  Perhaps that is why I am so drawn to the question the Psalmist asks.

Who is this King of glory? He is our strong and mighty Defense in battle. But he is so much more on any given day as the first six verses reveal.

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
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.
He will receive blessing from the Lord
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
~Psalm 24:1-6

The King of glory is the Creator of all that fills the earth.
The King of glory is our Lord of hosts, inviting those who dwell on the earth to worship him with clean hands, a pure heart and a true self.
The King of glory is our Sustainer, bestowing blessings and righteousness from generation to generation.
The King of glory is our King Jesus, who ascended into the clouds of heaven after becoming flesh, dwelling among us and finishing his work on behalf of those who seek God’s face.

Who is this King of glory?  May we answer the Psalmist’s question each new day as we worship, as we ascend the hill of the Lord and find ourselves standing in his holy place.

Blessed are You, O Lord, who is the King of Glory.

One thought on “Blessed are You, O Lord, who is the King of Glory

  1. Ben says:

    That picture does look like the Lord’s crown!

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