The ancient doors have been opened for Jesus, the King of glory [draft sermon outline]
Published September 9th, 2020
24 1 לְדָוִ֗ד מִ֫זְמ֥וֹר לַֽ֭יהוָה 1 הָאָ֣רֶץ וּמְלוֹאָ֑הּ תֵּ֝בֵ֗ל וְיֹ֣שְׁבֵי בָֽהּ ׃ 2 כִּי ־ ה֭וּא 1 עַל ־ יַמִּ֣ים יְסָדָ֑הּ וְעַל ־ נְ֝הָר֗וֹת יְכוֹנְנֶֽהָ ׃ 3 מִֽי ־ יַעֲלֶ֥ה בְהַר ־ יְהוָ֑ה וּמִי ־ יָ֝קוּם בִּמְק֥וֹם קָדְשֽׁוֹ ׃ 4 נְקִ֥י כַפַּ֗יִם וּֽבַר ־ לֵ֫בָ֥ב אֲשֶׁ֤ר ׀ לֹא ־ נָשָׂ֣א לַשָּׁ֣וְא נַפְשִׁ֑י וְלֹ֖א נִשְׁבַּ֣ע לְמִרְמָֽה ׃ 5 יִשָּׂ֣א בְ֭רָכָה מֵאֵ֣ת יְהוָ֑ה וּ֝צְדָקָ֗ה מֵאֱלֹהֵ֥י יִשְׁעֽוֹ ׃ 6 זֶ֭ה דּ֣וֹר דרשו 1 מְבַקְשֵׁ֨י פָנֶ֖יךָ יַעֲקֹ֣ב סֶֽלָה ׃ 7 שְׂא֤וּ שְׁעָרִ֨ים ׀ רָֽאשֵׁיכֶ֗ם וְֽ֭הִנָּשְׂאוּ פִּתְחֵ֣י עוֹלָ֑ם וְ֝יָב֗וֹא מֶ֣לֶךְ הַכָּבֽוֹד ׃ 8 מִ֥י זֶה֮ מֶ֤לֶךְ הַכָּ֫ב֥וֹד יְ֭הוָה עִזּ֣וּז וְגִבּ֑וֹר יְ֝הוָ֗ה גִּבּ֥וֹר מִלְחָמָֽה ׃ 9 שְׂא֤וּ שְׁעָרִ֨ים ׀ רָֽאשֵׁיכֶ֗ם וּ֭שְׂאוּ פִּתְחֵ֣י עוֹלָ֑ם וְ֝יָבֹא מֶ֣לֶךְ הַכָּבֽוֹד ׃ 10 מִ֤י ה֣וּא זֶה֮ מֶ֤לֶךְ הַכָּ֫ב֥וֹד יְהוָ֥ה צְבָא֑וֹת ה֤וּא מֶ֖לֶךְ הַכָּב֣וֹד סֶֽלָה ׃
The King of Glory 24 A Psalm of David. 1 v The earth is the Lord ’s and the fullness thereof, 1 the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has w founded it upon x the seas and established it upon the rivers. 3 y Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord ? And who shall stand in his z holy place? 4 a He who has b clean hands and c a pure heart, who does not d lift up his soul to e what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive f blessing from the Lord and g righteousness from h the God of his salvation. 6 Such is i the generation of those who seek him, who j seek the face of the God of Jacob. 1 Selah 7 k Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that l the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord , strong and mighty, the Lord , m mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? n The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah
The ancient doors have been opened for Jesus, the King of glory Intro The ascension. So often the missing hinge in our theology and our thinking. If we miss the ascension, we also will miss union with Jesus. 1. The problem: Who can dwell with the LORD? (v1-6) v1-2 Begins with the great indicative: YHWH's creator-ownership. His greatness is unapproachable...who can possibly be in a relationship with him? v3 the problem: temple language/ideas. This is the connection between v2-3; who can dwell with a holy God? v4-5 the holy, blameless, worthy one will secure a dwelling place with God. v6 why 'such is the generation' of those who seek Him 2. The risen Lord Jesus is the King of glory (v7-10) The transition from v6-7 is the joy of an answer to v3's question. To lift up heads means that the gates are being opened; the 'heads' of the gates are moving up [eg LOTR imagery]. v7 -10 the celebration of the mighty, Worthy One arriving in glory. Looking ahead and seeing the ascension. We are celebrating the triumphand ascension of Jesus of Nazareth; v4 the person of Jesus; v5 the work of Jesus; v6 union with Jesus. These gates are those barring the heavenly city, God's own dwelling. Now opening up for the King who is worthy. God the Son became the Son of God, Jesus of Nazareth. He is crowned as a human being. cf Daniel 7 - and nb Jesus' constant referral to himself (Son of Man) in those terms. This is who he truly is, the King of glory. Glory of God : He has made a way for the ancient doors to be opened up again. Not just divine decree but divine desire; the Father, Son and Spirit want God's people to be with God. The Almighty Creator dwells with his human creatures! Genesis one leads to Revelation 21-22. FCF . v4 is our FCF. Even if we think we have clean hands, we don't have a pure heart. cf Christian tribes and cliques, which are really about hiding our sinning in the same way. Lift up soul to what is false; i.e., carried away by emptiness, vanity Swear deceitfully; lit., bind himself to treachery. Linked in, complicit in wrongdoing. Person of Jesus. He embodies v4 perfectly. His heart is pure as can be; all love and lowliness. The king of glory, his glory shown but veiled Mighty in battle, but that also veiled; LORD of 'hosts' - armies cf book of Revelation - Jesus as he truly is But his glory and might in no way changes his actual heart - the One who loves his people and came and died for us, to take us with him behind those ancient doors Work of Jesus . v5 His purity and love lead him to die for his people, to perform the priestly work of achieving atonement. To secure blessing and righteousness for his 'generation'. Union with Jesus . v6 what he has achieved is ours. And he always lives to make intercession, to apply his blood for us. v7-10 we have entered God's place in Jesus. 'Dwelling' - doing life, everyday life, in glorious community with the Father, Son and Spirit. Invitation . Come and trust in Jesus, since he has brought us to God. Come and know the joy of dwelling in God's temple. Confrontation . Stop trying to get to God yourself, or living as if you're God. Consolation . For those who know they are not clean or pure in any ways. Here is unspeakable hope of a gift already given. Wrap up. The LORD is the King of glory of Psalm 24 and is yet the very same LORD who is the gentle Shepherd of Psalm 23. He passed through the valley of death in Psalm 22, to enter into the glory and rest of Psalm 24. We have made this very same journey in Him. Salvation belongs to the LORD!