In The Presence of the Almighty

I started this journal to express the many ways my life has been touched since I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord. I hope to share joys, struggles, testimonies and anything I might receive from the Lord. My prayer is that anyone who reads my entries may receive in a way that is necessary for where they are at in life. May the power of the Holy Spirit fill you as you come along my journey.

Location: Ontario, Canada

I am a full time wife and stay at home Mom. I am married to a man who places the Lord first above all else. I am embracing this season in my life to be a Mom and look forward to having more children. My husband and I will raise them in the ways of the Lord.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Lift Up Your Heads

Psalm 24
Of David. A psalm.

1 The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;

2 for he founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the waters.

3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD ?
Who may stand in his holy place?

4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false.

5 He will receive blessing from the LORD
and vindication from God his Savior.

6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

7 Lift up your heads, O you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may 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;
lift them up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.

10 Who is he, this King of glory?
The LORD Almighty—
he is the King of glory.

The Lord led me to this psalm on Sunday evening. The Lord had me read it several times. The more I read it, the more I hear the Holy Spirit speak to me.

In the first 2 verses, God is shown to be our absolute authority. He made this earth and everything in it. Read that verse many times and it will appear more profound each time. We all know He is the Creator, but the more I read these verses I felt a deeper reverence for the Sovereignty of our Lord.

Verses 3 to 6 touched me very deeply. To stand in the Holy Place of the Lord, one must have clean hands and a pure heart, not swear by what is false and not lift up our soul to an idol. What great blessing such a person will receive. David then says, such is the generation of those that seek Him.

Lord, I want to be of such a generation. I want to be able to stand in your Holy Place, to experience your awesome splendour and glory!

Verses 7 to 10 are very interesting. Not only is the King of Glory more clearly defined, but I feel even a greater reverance for Him, the more I continue to read. He is strong, mighty in battle, He is the Lord Almighty, the King of Glory. Hallelujah! I looked at some commentaries to try and grasp the 'lift upyour heads you ancient gates'. Barnes says this is when they are coming into the city of Jeruslaem, carrying the ark of the covenant.

I feel the Holy Spirit placing something deep within as I read this, something for the generation then, now and the generations to come. Oh, lift up your heads you ancient gates! That is us, you and me. Get out of our complacency and set our faces before Jesus! Lift up our faces before the Lord so that the King of Glory may come in. The Lord is seeking such a generation.

I leave this verse with you to meditate upon. I pray the Holy Spirit will speak to you in the way He has spoken to me this evening. Praise His Holy Name!


Blogger Teresa said...

Karen, That was awesome! And I agree that we have become complaicant and need to look at the face of Jesus, who He is and the people He is called us to speak His Holy name...

June 08, 2005 12:10 p.m.  
Blogger Cosmic said...

Karen, when I read this it, verse 9 really touched me as well. It made me think of my Pastor when he preached about staying focused. He told us that we should should always keep our heads up and our eyes on the Lord.

This is surely a message that the Lord is trying to give to me. Even if it is not, that's how I am taking it! I easily become distracted and complacent in my life. You are right. I've been looking down for so long. It's time for me to look up!

June 09, 2005 12:29 a.m.  
Blogger Jeannie said...

For some reason this Psalm keeps coming up in my life - will need to meditate upon it - thanks for the uplifting words..

June 12, 2005 11:33 p.m.  
Blogger pete porter said...

A powerful word. I can only imagine, The King of Glory! If I could grasp this I'm sure that my life would be dramaticaly changed!
Thank you, Be Blessed,

June 13, 2005 12:12 a.m.  
Blogger Karen said...

Thank you all for your comments,praise the Lord for leading me to this psalm.

Jeannie, The Lord is continuing to use this verse in my life this week, and came up today during intercessory prayer which I will write in my next post.

Pete, It is hard to grasp, most definitely. It is profound, and can be accomplished through the Holy Spirit. We just have to keep our eyes on Him all the time, making Him first in all things.

God Bless all of you!

June 13, 2005 1:18 a.m.  

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