Psalm 24, part 10

“Who is he, this King of Glory?

Yahweh of armies—

He is the King of Glory!  


(Psalm 24:10)

And now David brings this psalm to a dramatic close.  Once again the question is asked, though with minor variation, who is this King of Glory?  And, indeed, the answer is a resounding, Yahweh!  It is God who is the King of Glory, it is God who will provide his Messiah, and it is God who will be the Messiah himself, though we should not assume that David understood all of the ramifications of what the Holy Spirit inspired him to write.  But, oh, beloved, psalms like this are good for the heart.  When you get down in the dumps or blue about what happens to be going on in your life, turn to this psalm and sing the words it contains.  You don’t need a specific tune, just make one up as you go (though if you are more gifted than I musically, you may want to use a tune provided in a good psalter), but just sing these words.  Oh, beloved, it is hard to stay down in the dumps when you sing of God’s glory and of the glorious hope that is found in His Son.  Words like these lift the heart to sing even when the events of life form like a bog around you.  Do not despair, loved ones, we have a Messiah that is mighty and strong and we have been called into the royal service of the great King of Glory! 

This verse contains a funny little Hebrew word at the end of it (as does verse 6) that no one really knows what it really means.  The word hl’s, (selah) is a word that is found 74 times in the Hebrew Old Testament, and predominantly in the book of Psalms (also 3 times in Habakkuk), but little is known as to what it means or signifies.  It seems to be a musical term of some sense, and many think that it is meant to give instructions either to the singers or to the musicians.  Some have put forth that it marks an instrumental interlude, for example, and others have suggested that it is a sign to the singers that they should raise their voice as they sing the words that immediately precede it.  We just simply don’t know, and we must simply leave it as a curiosity of an ancient language that we do not understand.  Yet, whatever this term means, it is clear that this psalm hits a crescendo as they hit this verse.  You can almost hear the singers raising their voices to a near shout as they sing God’s praise.

And who is this King of Glory?  It is Yahweh of armies.  Many of our Bibles translate this as “hosts,” but in our English language, the term “host” has lost much if not all of its militaristic flavor.  Once again, here is God depicted not simply as King, but as a glorious King who is victorious in battle, first because of his heroic valor and now because of the host of armies that he has at his side.  Indeed, God has myriads of myriads of angels at his command—a heavenly host that infinitely surpasses even the greatest of human armies.  And this is the King we serve!  Why then do we fear the powers of this world?  Why then do we fear the one who can kill the body but not the spirit?  Why then are we intimidated by the threats of the enemies of our God?  Our God is more mighty than all of these combined, and our God has promised to preserve us through the grave unto eternal life.  When we stand threatened, beloved, cry out with the apostle Paul, O Death, where is thy sting? (1 Corinthians 15:55)  Oh, beloved, we serve a King who is greater than all the greatness of this earth.  Do not fear, for you are in the Lord’s service.

Be lifted up everlasting doors, 

The King of Glory shall come in. 

Who is this King of Glory? 

The Lord strong and mighty! 

Open your gates to the Lord of Hosts! 

Who is this King of Glory? 

The Lord mighty in battle, 

The King of Glory shall come in! 

The King of Glory shall come in!

-Bob Hartman

About preacherwin

A pastor, teacher, and a theologian concerned about the confused state of the church in America and elsewhere...Writing because the Christian should think Biblically.

Posted on March 18, 2008, in Expositions and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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