Poetry Tuesday: Psalm 24

The King of Glory: A Psalm of David

1 The earth is Yahweh’s, and the fulness thereof;
the world, and they that dwell therein.
2 For he hath founded it upon the seas,
and established it upon the floods.
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of Yahweh?
Or who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart;
who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity,
nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive the blessing from Yahweh,
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is the generation of them that seek him,
that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
and be ye lifted up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
Yahweh strong and mighty,
Yahweh mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
even lift them up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory?
Yahweh of hosts,
he is the King of glory. (King James Version, found on bartleby.com)*

Compare David’s psalm to his modern day counterpart, Robin Mark:

Glory to the LORD our God

Lift up your heads, oh ye gates, let the King
of Glory come in; be lifted up, oh ancient
doors, let the King of Glory come in.

The altars we’ve built and the works we
have done can never compare to the
Savior’s love. The hearts of the humble are
temples of praise, as we worship the Ancient
of Days, as we worship the Ancient of Days.

Glory to the Lord our God, Glory to the
Lamb on the throne! We open wide the
gates of our hearts; with our lips we rise up
and praise, as we worship the Ancient of
Days.

Who can ascend to the hill of the LORD?
People of clean hearts and hands; you who
are righteous and seeking His face, come
and worship the Ancient of Days, come and
worship the Ancient of Days! (found on lyrics.com)**

When I hear these words, it puts my life back into perspective.  As St. Paul wrote to Timothy: “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me” (2 Timothy 1:12, English Standard Version, copied from this online Bible resource).  St. Paul knew what had been entrusted to him; I know what God has entrusted to me. 

*I’ve changed the LORD to Yahweh because that is how it’s supposed to be read.
**I added the punctuation, which was curiously absent.

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