Psalm 24 – The Path to Revival. [Part 7]
Yes, before we begin, I know this has been a long time coming, and for that I am sorry, but I did promise to finish this series, and today I am giving you the newest installment. I haven’t forgotten our series on the Lord’s Prayer, and we will see more of that in the next few days, but I wanted to make sure we covered Psalm 24.
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. So far in our study, we have learned a little about the keys to Revival, which is indeed the heart of our church services.
- GOD OWNS YOUR CITY
- GOD CONTROLS THE WATERS
- GOD REQUIRES:
- BLESSING & RIGHTEOUSNESS
- SEEK HIM
Now let us take a look at the remainder of this chapter. I could have continued our theme of doing two verses at a time, but the last four verses are a classic example of Hebrew Parallelism. The same thought expressed in Verses 7 and 8 are the same as those in 9 and 10. So here are the verses
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.
These verses finally move from preparing for Revival, to experiencing it. The gates and doors are opening and the King of Glory is entering. This is awesome, becuase we have learned the keys, but now we are getting to live it out.
So what are these gates and doors? Well, to many, the Term “ancient door” is a reference to the gate in the temple. The Eastern Gate was also often called the Gate beautiful and the Ancient Gate. This was also the Gate that messiah was to come through. The age of messiah would usher in a great time of revival. Now of course we know this is the shift from the Mosaic covenant to the covenant of Christ’s Blood which enabled us to be reconciled to God.
This is an awesome change, but what if there was something more. Now this part is not something I can prove, but I think it goes along with the previous idea. What if David was not simply referencing the physical gates, but the gate of our heart. This gate was closed when man sinned. Our spirit was cut off from God, but David knew that man was going to be reconciled to God, and that we would experience the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
David was famous for speaking to His spirit and His soul. In Psalm 103, he speaks to his Soul commanding it to praise. So, what if beyond simple speaking to the gates of the temple, he was speaking to the gates of the heart. See, in Jerusalem there was a natural temple with gates that Jesus walked into. However, we know that our Body is the temple of the God, and when we open up the gates of our Spirit to the Holy Spirit, He comes into us and dwells in us. Then we being to experience revival in our own life.
However, when we as a community live like this, we open up our community gates to the King of Glory that He can come into our lives and we can experience revival in our community. The King of Glory wants to come in, but He doesn’t just enter anywhere. He dwells in a Holy mountain. He seeks a Holy dwelling in us. That is why Christ has to redeem us and reconcile us to God through His own blood.
So there you have if, after all of this, we can experience the power and presence of God in our life and we can experience Revival in our community. This is the heart of David, not simply to live well, but that God wold dwell amongst us. We are supposed to be of the same heart. To see God dwell in our midst.
As always, comments, and questions are welcomed.