“Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.” (Psalm 24:10)
Recently I was invited to speak at a church in Southern California and I chose as my topic The King of Glory. The response to the message far exceeded what I expected, and upon reflection I thought it would be worth passing along to you in a series of devotional postings here.
This new series of devotional readings will take us up to, and through Easter 2013. May the Lord add HIs blessings to these readings as we seek to behold “The King of Glory!”
The phrase comes from Psalm 24:9,10, as cited above. I have long been fascinated with the great drama in this Psalm and how it sets the stage for the culmination of an epic battle, and a triumphant outcome.
But “Who is this King of Glory?”
We know the answer is Jesus, Son of the Living God; Lord of Heaven and Earth. But there is a rival. We know him as The Serpent; the Devil; Satan; Lucifer, son of the morning, fallen from Heaven.
He announced his wicked ambitions at the very beginning. “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zion. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:13, 14 NIV).
He who once walked exalted among the stones of fire in the presence of the Almighty, was cast from Heaven and cursed to crawl on his belly in the dust — as a Serpent. In his Fall he deceived a third of the angelic hosts, and took them into his folly. The remaining angels knew that one day a great battle would be fought, and the Winner would take it all.
They readied themselves for the War of the Ages.
The mighty Fortress of God sat atop His Holy Mountain, sealed and guarded by angelic hosts. A call had gone forth, “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place?” And the answer comes back from the Palace, “He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to vanity, nor sworn deceitfully!”
Ah, a noble man is needed.
I’ll get more into this later, but for now let me invite you to buckle up and ready yourself for a tour through Scripture which will lift your vision higher and leave you “crazy-in-love” with Jesus.
This will take some time to do right, so I ask you to make the commitment to stay with me over the next several days to the conclusion. You will not be disappointed. For I am about to introduce you to The King of Glory.
Prepare to be astounded!