There is a strict protocol to follow in meeting the monarch. For kings, their reign can conclude when they violate established rules, if they're no longer capable of fulfilling royal duties, their successor is appointed, or the monarch dies. Then the successor to the throne begins to reign.
In contrast, Psalm 24 defines the one and only King of Glory, whose Kingdom is vast, eternal, and everlasting. We read, "The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it, the world and all who live in it …" (v1). He is described as "Strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle," (v8) and, "The LORD Almighty" (v10).
Some of the protocol for standing in the holy place of the King of Glory includes clean hands, a pure heart, no lifting of our soul to an idol, or swearing by what is false. (v3,4). We are then told that we shall receive a blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of our salvation (v5). We know that the prerequisites for blessing and righteousness are possible as we ask Jesus to forgive our sins and make us clean.
Verse 7 writes of the lifting of the heads of your gates so that the King of Glory may come in. Are our eyes and heads lifted up to look for our coming King? We know, "There will be signs in sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads because your redemption is drawing near." (Luke 21:25-28).
What battles are you in today? Are you weary of talking about them? Exodus 14:14 has the answer: "The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent."
Prayer: LORD JESUS, King of Glory, please grant me clean hands and a pure heart. Fight my battles, vindicate me, bless me and show me Thy glory. In Jesus' name, amen.
Retired nurse and teacher; speaker and intercessor; and Saturday Night Church attender!