The Coming King

Psalm 24 ends a compelling series of Psalms beginning in Psalm 22. The Suffering Servant, Jesus Christ, mentioned standing before the bulls of Bashan and the dogs of the congregation. It informs us that Jesus Christ died on behalf of the world, but God heard His prayers and resurrected Him from the dead.

Having died on our behalf, Christ is our Shepherd in this temporary life. Psalm 23 encourages our spirits that the Lord leads us to the still waters and green pastures. He protects us through the valley of the shadow of death. His rod and staff comfort us. Goodness and mercy go with us through this life. At the end of this psalm, it says, “And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:6)

When we move into the eternal, there is one aspect of Jesus that we will worship: our holy King. When Christ came the first time, He appeared as a humble and meek human being. Though fully God, Jesus was also fully human, and He exhibited human weakness. He died, God rose Him from the dead, and He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

Psalm 24 is the final moment of progression in the story of Christ. He will be the King for all of eternity. When one reads the end of the story in Revelation, a beautiful and powerful picture is presented to us. Jesus, with the host of heavenly armies behind Him ready for war, speaks and the armies of the world will be obliterated.

Seeing His eventual conquering of sin and evil should spur us forward. Our eyes should always be looking ahead focused on the Author and Finisher of our Faith. Jesus died for us. He is our Shepherd during this temporary life. He will be our eternal King.

Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. (Psalm 24:7-8)