1. Hello, listening friends.
2. Thank you for tuning in to this broadcast.
3. It is always a great encouragement for us to know that you are listening to this broadcast;
4. and the only way we know is by hearing back from you.
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6. We have been going through some selective Psalms,
7. and, today, we are going to look at Psalm 24;
8. but, before I do this, I want to begin by saying something important.
9. There is one emotion that is enjoyed by children and adults alike.
10. Now, children tend to be a little bit more exuberant than adults about this emotion.
11. What is it?
12. The joy of reunion with a loved one after a period of separation.
13. I remember when my children were small and I was traveling overseas a great deal.
14. It was such a great joy to come home to the exuberance and the welcome of our children.
15. Adults also feel that exuberance,
16. but they don’t show it, like children do;
17. and the reason I am saying this is because of Psalm 24.
18. Psalm 24 is a psalm of an emotional reunion
19. and it is expressed in a childlike exuberance -
20. not in reservation, like those who are uncertain of their faith,
21. but in a childlike trust and confidence in the Lord.
22. It is not surprising that Jesus often used a child as an example.
23. He often referred to a child’s faith, trust and innocence.
24. Let me put Psalm 24 in its historical context.
25. The people of God have lost their Ark of the Covenant to the Gentiles;
26. and the Ark of the Covenant, for those of you who do not know, is a box.
27. Inside this box,
28. God told Moses to put the Ten Commandments, plus a jar of the manna and his staff,
29. and to keep it in the middle of the people in the Tent where God will show up.
30. The Ark was a symbol of the presence of God in the midst of His people.
31. It was a very significant object.
32. It represents God’s presence.
33. It represented their national identity.
34. It represented who they were as people.
35. Without that box, they were nobody and nothing;
36. so, I want to impress on your mind the importance of the Ark of the Covenant.
37. Some of the Gentiles stole the Ark, thinking that they could gain the power of God’s presence;
38. but the Ark did not help them at all.
39. Just like those who can be Christians because of their name,
40. without having the power of Jesus Christ in them,
41. in the same way, the Ark of the Covenant outside of its context;
42. so, for seven long months the Gentiles held the Ark, trying to usurp God’s power for themselves;
43. but their plan backfired,
44. because the Ark of the Covenant brought death.
45. It brought pain.
46. It brought a curse upon the Gentiles;
47. so, they decided to give it back to the people of God;
48. so, the Ark of the Covenant comes into their midst again,
49. and the people of God were celebrating with thanksgiving again.
50. In Psalm 24,
51. David wrote that they rejoiced at the return of that sacred object.
52. If you have a Bible, please turn to Psalm 24.
53. Let’s read the Psalm together.
54. David wanted to build a temple for the Lord
55. and David could not build the Temple,
56. because God said to him, “Your hands are too bloodied in war.
57. I will let your son, Solomon, build the Temple...”
58. so, after the Temple was built,
59. the priests decided that certain Psalms belonged to certain days;
60. and, in the Temple, they would sing certain Psalms on certain days.
61. Let me give you some examples.
62. On Wednesdays,
63. they would sing Psalm 94;
64. then, on Fridays,
65. they would sing Psalm 93.
66. On Sundays,
67. they would sing Psalm 24.
68. Think about this, my listening friend. This is very important.
69. Every Sunday, in the Temple, they sing Psalm 24.
70. Do you know what that means?
71. It means that, when Jesus was entering into Jerusalem on the day which we call “Palm Sunday,”
72. the priests in the Temple were singing this song—Psalm 24.
73. Isn’t that wonderful?
74. On the day that the Lord Jesus Christ tore away the bars of death,
75. on the day He marched out of the tomb,
76. the Temple choir was getting ready to sing Psalm 24;
77. so, you can understand the power of this Psalm.
78. Let’s look at it under three headings.
80. in verses 1 and 2,
81. we see the Lord’s ownership of the universe.
83. verses 3 to 6,
84. we see that the Lord’s offer is the ultimate.
86. verses 7 to 10,
87. we see the Lord’s overcoming to be unavoidable.
88. Let’s look, first, at the Lord’s ownership of the universe.
89. Look at verses 1 and 2.
90. “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.”
91. Some of you probably are saying, “Doesn’t the earth belong to Satan?
92. Doesn’t the Bible call him the ‘prince of the air?’
93. Doesn’t the Bible call him the ‘prince of this world?’”
94. I’m going to explain this to you in a minute.
95. The Lord’s territorial claims are to the ownership of all of the galaxies of the universe.
96. The countless stars,
97. the empires of the space,
98. and the unfathomable orbits in which they move -
99. they are all His.
100. One galaxy, in the midst of a hundred million galaxies, is the Milky Way -
101. six hundred billion miles of stars,
102. and they are all His.
103. He owns it all.
104. Some 30,000 light-years from the center of the disk is a modest-sized planet, which we call the “sun.”
105. The sun spins around the hub of its universe carrying with it a family of baby planets.
106. Imagine it this way:
107. they are spinning around, like children holding on to their mother’s skirt,
108. and that mother and her children make their orbit around the center of the galaxy once every two hundred million years;
109. and God owns it all.
110. One of these baby planets, holding on to the mother’s skirt, is called “Planet Earth.”
111. C.S. Lewis calls it the “Silent Planet,”
112. and the reason he calls Earth the “Silent Planet”
113. is because he visualized the stars and the planets making merry music
114. as they scurry around the throne of God -
115. except for one
116. that he calls the “Silent Planet,”
117. because it has no song.
118. It is a planet that is diseased and sick.
119. Others called it the “Sobbing Planet,”
120. because it is filled with cries of agony and bloodshed of innocent lives.
121. It is filled with sin and guilt.
122. It is filled with sleepless nights and worry-filled mornings;
123. but, out of all these billions of planets,
124. the Maker and the Creator of them all focuses on Planet Earth.
125. “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.”
126. Why the Earth?
127. Why not Mars?
128. Why not Venus?
129. Why the Earth, that is a tiny speck in relationship to the other planets?
130. I want to tell you why.
131. Because nowhere else in the universe does God have need to reassert His claim.
132. Long before Adam and Eve,
133. long before the Garden of Eden and the serpent,
134. long before creation,
135. Lucifer, the angel of light, rebelled against the Holy God,
136. and he was thrown out of the Heavens,
137. and he wanted to take the Earth for his domain;
138. but he could not, until Adam handed it to him on a platter;
139. and God had to reinstate His authority over Planet Earth.
140. God had to rescue Planet Earth from the foreign invaders of His property;
141. and He did this 2,000 years ago on a hill called “Calvary.”
142. “The Earth is the Lord’s….”
143. No matter what the atheists say,
144. the Earth is the Lord’s.
145. No matter what the agnostics say,
146. the Earth is the Lord’s.
147. No matter what the scientists say,
148. the Earth is the Lord’s.
149. He rescued it.
150. He arrested it for His ownership -
151. the Lord’s ownership of the universe.
153. the Lord’s offer is the ultimate.
154. Look at verse 3 of Psalm 24.
155. “Who may ascend to the hill of the Lord?
156. Who may stand in His holy place?”
157. Do you know the answer to that question?
158. The answer is “no one.”
159. Not you, not me, no one.
160. No one is good enough to stand before God.
161. No one is righteous enough to stand before God.
162. No one is pure enough to stand before God.
163. That is why only God could make a way for us to reach Him.
164. In David’s day,
165. only the high priest could go into the Holy of Holies;
166. and, even then, it was once a year for a brief period of time.
167. This Psalm is a prophecy of how God was going to make a way to Himself.
168. This is a prophecy of the coming Messiah,
169. a prophecy of the Lord providing an open invitation.
170. The Lord is giving an opportunity for everyone who wants to come.
171. Verses 4 and 5 tell us who can come to God.
172. My listening friend, listen very carefully as I will conclude.
173. I am going to give you the qualification of those who can come to God;
174. and I want to tell you that the invitation is not just once a year, like it was in the Old Testament.
175. It is not for just a brief period of time;
176. and, certainly, it is not in fear and terror.
177. It is not in uncertainty and doubt;
178. and, here are the qualifications of those who can come to God now:
179. those who are justified before God,
180. all those that have been washed by the blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ,
181. those whose sins are forgiven and forgotten,
182. those whose outward life reflects their inward pure hearts,
183. those who have clean hands that reflect their inward integrity,
184. those who love God and not the world,
185. those who live for God, not for themselves,
186. those who set their hearts on things above where Christ is, not on things below,
187. those who have been sanctified because they have already been justified.
188. Those are the qualifications for those who can come to Him.
189. Are you a person whose sin has been washed in the blood of Jesus Christ?
190. Are you prepared to enter into Heaven’s gate?
191. If you die today, would you go to Heaven?
192. Do you have His assurance?
193. If you don’t, today, you can ask Him
194. and He will make it possible for you.
195. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.