THE KING OF GLORY

August 04, 2017 0 Comments

I am getting so sick and tired of the political infighting and absolute dysfunction of our congress that I don't know what to do. In times like these, it's good for Christians to remind themselves of the coming of the Lord, and the sheer power of His future rule and reign upon the earth. King David expressed these sentiments this way:

Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of Glory shall come in. Who is the King of Glory? The Lord, strong and mighty: the Lord mighty in battle.” (Psa. 24:7-10)

At the time this was written, Israel was at its zenith of world power and glory, and King David was ruling in majesty and splendor. He had subdued all the nations around him. Yet he “was a man after God’s own heart” and acknowledged a King who was higher than he—the “King of Glory.” Wise is the man who acknowledges who the true King really is. There is no power on earth that can compare to the “Lord, strong and mighty.”

These verses read like some kind of royal announcement. “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of Glory shall come in.” It pictures the arrival of the king and the fanfare surrounding the announcement of this event. David must have experienced this many times. It describes the opening of the gates and “lifting” of the doors to make way for the entering of the royal entourage. David wants to make sure everyone understands the identity of this “King of Glory.” So he asks the question twice: “Who is the King of Glory?” And he answers twice—the Lord! The Bible says that one day “every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess, that Jesus Christ is LORD.” (Phil. 2:11) David, in essence, is teaching Israel to be ready for that day. Prophetically, this passage in Psalm 24 has reference to two future events:

FIRST,It points ahead to “Palm Sunday”, and the celebration that occurred at the arrival of Jesus into Jerusalem. According to Mark 11:9-10, the people on Palm Sunday shouted out “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that comes in the name of the Lord.” Yes, they were cheering the arrival of the “King of Glory.” They were ready for Jesus to set up His earthly kingdom right then and there.

SECOND, it points to the Second Coming of Christ. Someday soon, at the sound of the seventh trumpet of Rev. 11:15, an announcement will be made to the whole world. “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” What a dramatic announcement that will be—man’s rule on earth is through; Christ’s earthly kingdom has come! And He will enter into Jerusalem through the Eastern (Golden) Gate in power and glory. Psalm 24:7-10 anticipates that spectacular and exciting event.

I think I need to stop watching the news (and getting so depressed), and spend more time looking forward to the day Jesus Christ returns to this earth and takes over. You can't wait, you say? Me either.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.