Verse 1 – The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.
There are several references in scripture that tell us all things belong to our Jesus, but this one is my favorite: Colossians 1:16 – “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.” Is there any doubt who owns it all? John 1:1-4: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (2) He was in the beginning with God. (3) All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made, (4) In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. Jesus made everything, by Him, for Him, and through Him, period!
Verse 2 – For He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.
Verse 3 – Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His Holy place?
In the Old Testament, under the Law, only the high priest whom had been anointed by God were allowed to approach God on the people’s behalf. After Christ’s death and resurrection, all believers, can come boldly to God’s throne of grace because of the perfect sacrifice, the blood, that was shed for our forgiveness.
Verse 4 – He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully.
Verse 5 – He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from God of his salvation.
Do you know anyone who has a pure heart or hands that has never stolen, or harmed another? How about someone who always puts God first in everything they do, with pure motives? No? That’s because we all have fallen short of what clean hands and a pure heart, truly is. Thank God for the blood that covered every mistake, sin, wrong motive, lie, and deceit ever committed. Jesus covered it all at Calvary. That’s why He called it being “Born-Again!”
Verse 6 – This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face. Selah
Verse 7 – Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.
Verse 8 – Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
The King of glory, identified also as the Lord of hosts, or the commander of heavens armies, is the Messiah Himself. He is eternal, holy, and mighty. This psalm looks forward to Christ’s future entry into the New Jerusalem to reign forever (Revelation 19:11-21).
Verse 9 – Lift up your heads, O you gates! And lift them up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.
David repeats verse 7. These gates and doors could be a metaphor of people’s hearts. So many have blocked out any mention of the gospel because of hurt feelings or they just don’t believe. However, hearing about this loving Jesus will and does cause our hearts to open up. Invite Him in, and He will enter.
Verse 10 – Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah
Has the Lord forgiven you much? Then praise Him much , as David did.