The Lord of Glory
Lately I have noticed several people have gotten work done on the trees on their property. That sight caused me to consider those trees.Â Trees are incredible!Â They are strong, grow so tall, and are beautiful in the spring!Â Most trees donâ€™t really belong to anyone.Â They grew from wildly scattered seeds, hundreds, and even thousands of years ago.Â Except in a few cases, we canâ€™t claim them as the work of our hands.Â Those beautiful trees, and everything in our world, are the work of someoneâ€™s hands: Godâ€™s. Psalm 24 marvels at this fact with us:
The earth is the LORDâ€™s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters.
Everything we see in all of creation, all of the beauty that is bursting forth at the seams as the weather warms, belongs to our Lord.Â Each and every one of us also belongs to God.Â That may not always seem to be the case.Â Time upon time the people of our world, and their actions, do seem to belong to the Lord.Â Time upon time, we ourselves, and our actions, have not belonged to our Lord.Â Rather, on too many occasions (and a single occasion is too many), our actions have opposed our God and we have destroyed the beauty he intended for our world and for our relationship with him.
Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heartâ€¦
If we were to ask those questions, we know we would not meet the expectations.Â We have not had clean hands or a pure heart. Yet, we know of one who was able to ascend that hill; who was able to stand in Godâ€™s holy place; who had completely clean hands and a completely pure heart: Jesus. Yet, Jesus took everything he was and everything he had and he gave it up for us.Â He gave his life on the cross to vindicate us and to rescue us.Â He gave his life on the cross for our sins and to be our Savior.
He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
Know what Jesus has done for you and rejoice!Â Know what Jesus has done for you and look to him as your mighty and powerful God, the king of Glory! Be lifted up! Not only is your God the God who created strong, majestic, beautiful trees, along with all creation, but he is your own Savior, the King of Glory.
Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almightyâ€”he is the King of glory.
Beautiful Saviorâ€™s newsletter articles in 2014 will focus on portions from short Psalms.Â These Psalms can be easily committed to memory and serve as wonderful prayers and tools for daily meditation on Godâ€™s Word.