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Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory. Psalms 24:10 NIV


In the NIV Study Bible, there is a note that Psalm 24 was a "processional liturgy celebrating the Lord's entrance into Zion" — Zion meaning Jerusalem and the entrance of the ark being brought into the city. On Palm Sunday, we celebrate Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem. For many, Jesus wasn't the messiah they'd grown to expect. He wasn't a military leader or political radical promoting freedom from the oppression of Rome; instead, he offered a different type of freedom: a new covenant between God and all people.


God has made himself accessible to us through Jesus Christ, offering a personal connection, but he has certain expectations (3-4), "Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully."


When we accept Christ, we become committed lovers of him. As God graciously pours out his love, we humbly accept his grace and mercy and respond with praise and thanks. But we don't stop there; we also share that love with others – this is the kingdom of Christ our King.


The King of glory who came is coming again. I'm reminded of the 70s southern Gaither standard "The King is Coming," which captures that triumphant day.


Verses


The marketplace is empty

No more traffic in the streets

All the builders' tools are silent

No more time to harvest wheat

Busy housewives cease their labors

In the courtroom no debate

Work on earth is all suspended

As the King comes thro' the gate


Happy faces line the hallways

Those whose lives have been redeemed

Broken homes that He has mended

Those from prison He has freed

Little children and the aged

Hand in hand stand all aglow

Who were crippled, broken, ruined

Clad in garments white as snow


I can hear the chariots rumble

I can see the marching throng

The flurry of God's trumpets

Spells the end of sin and wrong

Regal robes are now unfolding

Heaven's grandstand's all in place

Heaven's choir now assembled

Start to sing "Amazing Grace"


Chorus


O the King is coming

The King is coming

I just heard the trumpets sounding

And now His face I see

O the King is coming

The King is coming

Praise God, He's coming for me


Loving God, we recognize you as the King of Glory, our Lord of hosts, and your Sovereignty reigns in Heaven and Earth. As we commemorate the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem, we recall the arrival of your salvation and the relationship you offer. As we receive your abundant love, may we be mindful of giving back to you our praise and worship, and may we share that same love with others. Please help us to prepare for the joyful day of your return. In Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.


Blessings,

Pastor Tim



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