Prayer Focus: Comoro Islands

Bible Reading: Psalms 15; 23; 24-25; 47

Scripture

Lift up your heads, 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. (Psalm 24:7-8)

Observation

This psalm begins with the bold proclamation that, “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters (1-2). Several verses later, the city of Jerusalem prepares for the arrival of the victorious King of glory. The gates, the doors, everything and everyone that the LORD has created worships and adores the Creator in a jubilant celebration.

Application

The psalms were largely song lyrics. Unfortunately, the original melodies cannot be found on iTunes, but that has not prevented composers both ancient and modern from adding their own music to these verses. One song that always comes to mind when I read Psalm 24 is an adaptation of George Frideric Handel’s song “Lift Up Your Heads, O Ye Gates” from The Messiah. A contemporary (though very dated; ignore the outfits!) rendition can be found here. Someday all of heaven will proclaim the power, authority, and victory of our King of Glory. What a day that will be!

Prayer

You are the victorious King, LORD! Welcome to our world. Welcome to our city. Welcome to my heart. May all that I am welcome you into my life, awesome God! There is none like You, strong, mighty, victorious. Hallelujah!!!

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