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Psalm 24 is a profound song of praise which celebrates the LORD’s entry into the temple, symbolized by the Ark carried in procession. How can a building made with human hands contain all the glory of God, the creator of heaven and earth? The gates grow wider and the LORD, as it were, stoops to enter.

Psalm 24

Of David. A Psalm.

1 The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
    the world, and those who live in it;
2 for he has founded it on the seas,
    and established it on the rivers.

3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
4 Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
    who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
    and do not swear deceitfully.
5 They will receive blessing from the Lord,
    and vindication from the God of their salvation.
6 Such is the company of those who seek him,
    who seek the face of the God of Jacob.Selah

7 Lift up your heads, O gates!
    and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
    that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty,
    the Lord, mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O gates!
    and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord of hosts,
    he is the King of glory. Selah

For a Christian, Psalm 24 celebrates the coming of the King of glory, Jesus Christ, as he enters into God’s world as a tiny child, fully God and fully human. Psalm 24 celebrates Jesus Christ coming to dwell in the hearts and lives of those who follow Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit and in gentleness and glory (John 14.23–26). Psalm 24 celebrates the end of the story: that Jesus Christ will return as Lord and King in all his glory at the end of the age and we will live with Christ for ever.

Offer thanks to God for grace in the coming of Jesus in his birth in Bethlehem, in his coming to dwell in our hearts through faith, and in the promise of his coming at the end of the age.

O Lord of hosts,
purify our hearts
that the King of glory may come in,
your Son, Jesus our redeemer. Amen.

Prayer after Psalm 24

Watch a programme together about an aspect of God’s amazing creation – animals or plants or the sky or the oceans. At the end of it pray “Lord, God, the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours.”
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Reflections from the Church House Publishing Pilgrim Journeys: 40 Days of Reflections on The Lord's Prayer written by Steven Croft are copyright 2019, 2020 The Archbishops’ Council and used here with permission. Full details of both resources are available on the Church of England website.

Bible readings are taken from The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. All rights reserved.
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