The Psalms of David in Metre

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Psalm 24

This was most likely written when David brought up the ark of God to Jerusalem, or possibly when Solomon brought it into the temple, 2 Sam. 6, 1 Kings 8, and by this ark Christ is seen and typified. We find that Christ’s kingdom includes the whole world and all its inhabitants, ver. 1-2. 54 (2.) His kingdom of grace covers the church, in a most gracious manner, showing by what manner, through God and grace, they may find eternal happiness. ver. 3-6. (3.)

Under the type of the call to allow the ark to come and rest in God’s temple, we have a call, sent by God, for the heavens to receive Jesus, our glorious and almighty King; and for us to receive him into our hearts and, ver. 7-10a, as we sing, consider what Christ has purchased for you in salvation. Let us consider if we exemplify the manner of a saint. Let us ponder whether we have all the distinguishing characters having received an abundance of the gift of righteousness in being baptized by the Spirit, and of blessedness from God who alone is the Savior.

1 The earth belongs unto the Lord,
and all that it contains;
The world that is inhabited,
and all that there remains.

2 For the foundations thereof
he on the seas did lay,
And he hath it established
upon the floods to stay.

3 Who is the man that shall ascend
into the hill of God?
Or who within his holy place
shall have a firm abode?

4 Whose hands are clean, whose heart is pure,
and unto vanity
Who hath not lifted up his soul,
nor sworn deceitfully.

5 He from th’ Eternal shall receive
the blessing him upon,
And righteousness, ev’n from the God
of his salvation.

6 This is the generation
that after him enquire,
O Jacob, who do seek thy face
with their whole heart’s desire.

7 Ye gates, lift up your heads on high;
ye doors that last for aye,
Be lifted up, that so the King
of glory enter may.

8 But who of glory is the King?
The mighty Lord is this;
Ev’n that same Lord, that great in might
and strong in battle is.

9 Ye gates, lift up your heads; ye doors,
doors that do last for aye,
Be lifted up, that so the King
of glory enter may.

10 But who is he that is the King
of glory? who is this?
The Lord of hosts, and none but he,
the King of glory is.