Who Is the King of Glory?

“Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.”  Psalm 24: 7 – 10

It is supposed that the psalm was penned upon occasion of David’s bringing up the ark to the place prepared for it, and that the intention of it was to lead the people above the pomp of external ceremonies to a holy life and faith in Christ, of whom the ark was a type.

The text repeats the chorus revealing it was a song of praise.

“Who is the King of Glory” was a typical question when someone was at the door.

Who is there? “It is the Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle, the Lord of hosts. . . .”

It was the occasion of bringing the ark of the covenant into the sanctuary, a high and holy occasion deserving of this chorus. The ark symbolized the presence of the Lord, making it a very special occasion.

With great readiness the doors and gates were to be thrown open to Him. The ark was to enter into the innermost sanctuary.

This is symbolic of Jesus entering into the hearts of people today by His word and Holy Spirit. This analogy depicts Jesus as in His present day sanctuary, the heart of every believer. Jesus’ presence in the believer is like that of the ark in the temple; it sanctifies us.

In admitting Him into your heart you are granting entry to the one who is strong and mighty, the Lord of hosts.

The opening words of the next Psalm are a fitting response:  “Unto thee, O Lord! do I lift up my soul.”

We have reason to sing –  – – 

“I know who goes before me
I know who stands behind
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side
The one who reigns forever
He is a friend of mine                  
The God of angel armies
Is always by my side.”

“He is the Lord God of hosts” ( Hosea 12:5 Amos 4:13 ), who has supremacy over all creatures, and especially the heavenly armies ( Joshua 5:14 1Kings 22:19 ).

Regarding His pending death Jesus said, “Are you not aware that I can call on My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” (Matthew 26: 53) That would have been 72,000 angels.

Let the commander of such an army enter into, domicile in, and rule over the sanctuary of your heart.

Pause now to affirm His role, and pledge Him your allegiance.