October 16 Daily Rhythms

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Psalm 24:1-2   

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.

Consider this morning these words. “The earth is the LORD’s” in Hebrew this says Yahweh, considered to be the name of the God who had called the people out of Egypt. This personal and relational God who owns and controls all things, the one who laid the foundations of the earth. He is with you now as you pray. Thank him for his power and his presence.

Psalm 24:3-6   

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 LORD and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob.

These words in this ancient hymn are aimed at the worshippers heart. As we sing and pray it we should be humbled, not encouraged. Who has not acted deceitfully? Who seeks him? Only one has done so perfectly – Jesus Christ, and the blessing that God has given to him he gives to us. Those in Christ seek the face of God.

Psalm 24:7-10

Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O 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 gates. And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory!

We love happy endings and sports wins because we long for Glory. This desire is in our hearts. Read these last verses aloud and praise God that he fulfills our deepest longings – with himself.