Who's the King?
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 is a "processional liturgy celebrating the Lord's entrance into Zion" (Jerusalem), and the entrance of the ark and His holy presence is brought into the city. Tomorrow we celebrate Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem. For many, Jesus wasn't the messiah the King they expected. He wasn't a military leader or political radical promoting freedom of oppression by Rome. Instead, he offered a different type of freedom: a kingdom of the heart and a new covenant with all people.
Through Jesus, God makes himself accessible to us, offering a personal connection, an intimate relationship based on love, trust, and sharing. It also includes giving, receiving, accepting, and giving back. We may have witnessed relationships where one person does all the giving and the other all the taking – not a genuine relationship at all. However, when we accept Christ as our King, we become committed lovers of him. As God graciously pours out his love, we humbly accept the gift and respond with our praise and thank. We don't stop there, though; we also share that love with others – this is the kingdom of God.
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. Please help us as we receive your love, be mindful of returning it to you in praise and worship, and share it with all those we meet. Amen.