Psalm 24 – The Path to Revival. [Part 5]
Psalm 24 is more than just a beautiful song, or passionate scripture. It is a key. Line by line, God is teaching us something through David. Since it is a short passage, I will post the entire passage, and then we will go verse by verse. If we understand the lesson God is speaking here, we might just find ourselves one step closer to revival.
A Psalm of David.
The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the rivers. Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the LORD And righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face–even Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is the 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. Selah.
This passage ends with The King of Glory coming in. This is more or less what we call REVIVAL. All of the great awakenings and revivals of the church have been marked by an increase of the Presence of God. So, if that is the goal, lets see what happens before the King of Glory comes in. Let’s continue our study of verses 3 & 4.
“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.”
The second point that I wanted to spring from this portion of the psalm is that God wants Worship. Worship is more than just a song, or something you do, its a lifestyle of Love. We think of worship as a song, but the song is not the whole of worship, but rather a type and form of worship.
Living a lifestyle of worship prepares us for the Lord. Its a cry from our heart. It is our heart saying we need Him to come closer. That is the theme of this whole passage in Psalm 24. We end with “The King of Glory Shall Come In.” There needs to be a meeting of the heavens and the earth. Let’s look at some scriptures on worship.
“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you…” James 4:8
“Therefore God has highly exalted him [Jesus] and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!” Psalms 95:6
I could list scriptures on worship for days and days, but the first one listed is the one most pertinent to this discussion. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” It shows a coming together. God doesn’t just appear to us, but as we go to Him, He comes to us. It is a convergence.
In psalm 24 we are seeking a convergence of The Heavenly King of Glory in our church / region / lives. So worship is a Key that brings Him closer to us. If we desire more of His presence, we ought to worship more. Worship is a two fold thing, first it draws Him, but more than that it also separates us from our natural mindsets. It shifts our focus to Him.
Worship is a convergence. The Earth and the Heavens collide when we cry out to Abba.
It is important to remember God’s place and our place. He is our sustainer. He is our Shield and our Buckler. We need to hold fast to Him and all that He is.
- GOD OWNS YOUR CITY
- GOD CONTROLS THE WATERS
- GOD REQUIRES:
Keep your eye out for part Six as we continue working through this awesome passage of scripture and journey towards the Revival that we have been seeking. In the next section, we will discuss the next two verses. Look for it in the next few days.