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Sermon on Psalm Twenty Four

Sermon on Psalm Twenty Four

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" Lift up your heads ^ O ye gates ; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors ; and the King of glory shall come in." — PsALM xxiv. 7.



" Lift up your heads ^ O ye gates ; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors ; and the King of glory shall come in." — PsALM xxiv. 7.

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SERMO O PSALM TWETY FOUR BY W. J. STRACEY" Lift up your heads ^ O ye gates ; and be ye lift up, ye everlastingdoors ; and the King of glory shall come in." — PsALM xxiv. 7.THE psalm from which these words are taken wascomposed by David, and used in the solemn removalof the ark of God to its fixed place on mount Sion.The circumstance of its removal is related in 2 Sam. vi.David collected thirty thousand men of Israel togetherto remove the ark of God in as solemn a manner aspossible from Baale of Judah. "And David" (goes onthe account) " played before the Lord on aU manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and onpsalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and oncymbals. And when they came to achon's threshing-floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, andtook hold of it ; for the oxen shook it. And the angerof the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and Godsmote him there for his error; and there he died bythe ark of God. . . . And David was afraid of theLord that day, and said, How shall the ark of the Lordcome to me ? So David would not remove the ark of the Lord unto him into the city of David : but DavidLIFT UP YOUR HEADS, 263carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom theGittite. And the ark of the Lord continued in thehouse of Obed-edom the Gittite three months : and theLord blessed Obed-edom, and all his household. Andit was told king David, saying. The Lord hath blessedthe house of Obed-edom, and all that pertaineth untohim, because of the ark of God. So David went andbrought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness."
This account explains to us the occasion when thispsalm was first used ; and it also explains to us why itlays so much stress upon holiness and reverence inapproaching God, when we hear how God struck Uzzahdead because he put forth his hand and touched theark when it was shaken. ** Who shall ascend into thehill of the Lord ?" it says, " or who shall rise up in Hisholy place? Even he that hath clean hands, and apure heart; and that hath not lift up his mind untovanity, nor sworn to deceive his neighbour. He shallreceive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousnessfrom the God of his salvation." Then as the procession,reached the top of mount Sion they sang, "Lift upyour heads, ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye ever-lasting doors ; and the King of glory shall come in."And the Levites from within reply, " Who is the Kingof glory?" Then the procession round the ark answered,"It is the Lord strong and mighty, even the Lord,mighty in battle."264 PSALM XXIV.This then is the first meaning of this psalm, and thefirst occasion, we may believe, on which it was used.But next we must apply it to the glorious event whichwe commemorate on this great and holy festival of theChurch. It is for this reason that this psalm is one of those selected for Ascension-day, because it is believedto be both a prophecy and a description of our Lord'sascension into heaven on the fortieth day after Easter,and again at the end of the world after the day of  judgment You will see that the first words of mytext are repeated in the ninth verse ; and the answer isnearly, though not quite, the same as in the verse whichends my text. To this first question, "Who is thisKing of glory?" the answer is, "It is the Lord strongand mighty, even the Lord mighty in battle." But the
second time the question is asked the answer is, " Eventhe Lord of hosts" {i,e, of multitudes), " He is the Kingof glory."Our thoughts and hearts, my brethren, must take usback to-day to that last scene of Christ's visible pre-sence upon earth, when on the holy mount the LordJesus stood surrounded by the eleven apostles. Hethere gave them His last solemn commands, and spakeof the things concerning the kingdom of God. ThereHe bade them not to leave Jerusalem before the HolyGhost had come upon them; there He bade them "gointo all the world, and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them;" and there "He lifted up His hands,THE KIG OF GLORY. 265and blessed them," and as He was so doing, His feetceased to press the earth, and He ascended up in Hisown royal majesty till a bright cloud received Him outof their sight ; and then two angels in white appeared,and told them that this same Jesus which was so takenup to heaven should come again from heaven in likemanner as they had seen Him go into heaven. And atthat glorious moment, like the procession of the ark tomount Zion when it reached the top of the hill, so nowwe must suppose that the doorkeepers of heaven, fullof astonishment that one in man's form and natureshould thus claim admittance into the heaven of heavens, with the voices of attendant angels cryingout around Him, " Lift up your heads, ye gates ; andbe ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in," they ask from within, " Who is thisKing of glory ?" And the answer is, "The Lord strongand mighty, even the Lord mighty in battle" — theLord our Saviour; He who has been put to death asman, but has overcome death; He who has beentempted of Satan, but has subdued his power ; He who

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