Psalm 24 is a welcome chorus for the LORD to return in royal glory. It begins with two theological affirmations. First, it asserts that everything belongs to the LORD, and second, it asserts that each person can be holy.
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof,
the world and those who dwell therein,
for he has founded it upon the seas
and established it upon the rivers.
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.
He will receive blessing from the LORDPsalm 24:1-5 (ESV)
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This world, every person living on it and every event occurring on it all belongs to the LORD because He made it all. He is the King of the world!
As lofty and majestic as God is, He is still approachable by anyone. All that is required to approach God is to be holy. Although this might seem impossible, the verses confirm that holiness fit to approach the Lord comes by being holy in one’s own life and by receiving righteousness from God. God saves, and grants us the righteousness to be in His kingdom. If we therefore live righteously, in truth and purity, then we can be assured of having the King of the world as our Saviour and Lord.
Does this not both comfort and command you?! That your Saviour is the King of the World is a comfort that very few on this world even know about. He holds the world in His hand and all of it is under His rule. That is our comfort in times of distress. But these verses also command us with the reminding call to live with purity and truth in God’s world. We are not our own, but have been redeemed by the Lord to live holy before Him.
Let us live for Him, knowing that this world all belongs to Him.