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Psalm Twenty Four

by Dr. Henry M. Morris

(taken from the Defender's Study Bible)

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A Psalm of David.

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

earth is the Lord's. Every part of the planet belongs to God by right of creation, and it is His prerogative to give each portion of it to any nation He chooses, and only for as long as He chooses (note Acts 17:24-26).

Psalm 24:2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

upon the seas. Initially the created earth was all water, but on the third day of creation week, God “laid the foundations of the earth” (Job 38:4), and it was founded “above” (a better translation of the Hebrew word in this context than “upon”) the seas and the great rivers (“the floods”).

Psalm 24:3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

Who shall ascend. In context, this seems to be a prophecy of the ascension of Christ back to heaven after His death and resurrection.

Psalm 24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.

Psalm 24:5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Psalm 24:6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah

Psalm 24:7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Psalm 24:8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

Psalm 24:9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

ye everlasting doors. The entrance of the Savior into the heavenly city through its pearly gates and everlasting doors is acknowledged twice (Psalm 24:7, 9), perhaps referring to two different ascensions and entrances. The first would surely be after His defeat of Satan at the cross (“mighty in battle”), when He brought the Old Testament saints with Him from Hades to the heavenly Paradise (see note on Ephesians 4:9). The second could then well be at the rapture of the church (1 Thessalonians 4:13-17).

Psalm 24:10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah

Who is this. It is clearly a righteous Man (Psalm 24:4) who ascends to the hill of the Lord and for whom the “everlasting doors” are lifted up (Psalm 24:9). Yet this glorious King is also the Lord of hosts. This could only be true of the ascending God/Man, Jesus Christ.