Psalm 24 – David’s Psalm about the kingdom of the Lord.
1. The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness of the earth, the world, and they that dwell there.
2. For he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.
3. Who will go up into the hill of the LORD? or who will stand in his holy place?
4. He that has clean hands, and a pure heart; who has not set his soul upon things that are vain, nor spoken things that are not true.
5. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6. This is the generation of those that seek him, that seek your face, O Jacob. Selah.
7. Lift up your heads, O you gates, and be lifted up, you everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
8. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
9. Lift up your heads, O you gates; even lift them up, you everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
10. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
This psalm has one of the most beautiful words, that is Selah. It means to pause and think about what has been said.
David declares that all the earth is the LORD’s and everything and everyone that dwells there is His. We can think about what the bible says in Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
David asks the question, who will go up to the Lord’s holy place? And he answers, those with clean hands and a pure heart. Clean hands does not mean free from dirt, it means that they have done things that glorify God. A pure heart is that which is sincere, and loves the Lord and follows him. That man doesn’t think about vain things, like things he owns or wants to own. And he only speaks the truth. This man receives blessings from the Lord, through Him alone this man can be saved. Throughout all the years, there are people who are saved through faith.
The LORD is the King of Glory, and the everlasting door is the gospel call through which only those who believe in the Lord Jesus for their salvation may enter into the holy place, which is with the Lord forever.