Who Is The King Of Glory?

What would you say if someone asked you to tell them who the King of Glory is? You would most likely give a one-word answer: God. And, of course, that is the correct answer.

David, however, went beyond a one-word answer. In Psalm 24, he defined the King of Glory.

Who is the King of Glory? The Lord, strong and mighty; the Lord, invincible in battle. Psalm 24:8

King David qualified this King by some of His accomplishments.Full of strength and might, the King of Glory stands invincible. His kingdom reaches farther than any eye has seen.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. Psalm 24:1

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We haven’t even seen everything God has created on this earth we call home. The deepest part of the ocean measures more than the height of the highest mountain.

For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths. Psalm 24:2

David, the author of this Psalm, asked two interesting and important questions.

Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? Psalm 24:3

You May Stand In His Holy Place!

Since God loves everyone, wouldn’t everyone have access to His holy place? As we look at the next verse, we’ll see that each person decides if they want access.

Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. Psalm 24:4

God, the King of Glory, doesn’t have favorites but allows those who choose His way to enter. When they enter His holy place, they also receive the benefit of standing in His presence.

They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior. Such people may seek you and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob. Psalm 24:5-6

Years ago, my mother, brother, and I moved to the United States from England. After flying across the Atlantic, we landed at Kennedy Airport in New York City.

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Open the Gates and Doors

This 7-year-old boy made two fascinating observations I had never seen before. The escalators caught my attention first. Who would have thought that stairs could move all by themselves?

The automatic doors also amazed me. I just walked up to them, and they opened. I had never seen anything like that up until that time in my life. Read what David said next in this Psalm.

Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Psalm 24:7

Did you notice that David didn’t order the gatekeepers to open the gates? He didn’t instruct anyone, for that matter, to tend to the doors at all. No, he spoke to the gates and doors.

He appealed to Jerusalem to make room for the King of glory to enter the city. He asked, “Who is the King of Glory.” But he could have easily asked, “Do you know the King of Glory?

David didn’t wait for an answer. He submitted one himself. We used this verse earlier in this article, but it doesn’t hurt to reread it.

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David Asked Two Times, Who is The King of Glory

Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty; the Lord, invincible in battle. Psalm 24:8

David, hand-picked by God to serve as the king of Israel, introduced Israel to the King of Glory. King David, a mighty man in the eyes of the world, ushered in the King of kings.

How much importance did this Psalmist consider his command? It was important enough for him to repeat it.

Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Psalm 24:9

Again, he asked the question, “Who is the King of Glory.” And again, he answered his question. This time, however, he submitted a second answer.

Who is the King of glory? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies— he is the King of glory. Psalm 24:10

Many translations refer to God as the Lord of hosts. Both terms identify the Lord as eternal and ruler over all the angels and stars. In other words, He reigns over everything.

Command Your Doors and Gates to Open

Hopefully you have a clear or clearer concept of the King of Glory. Now, it’s time for you to command the gates and doors of your life to open up for the Lord.

Even those who know Christ as their Savior may have some closed doors or gates in their lives. Jesus sent letters to seven churches in the early chapters of Revelation.

He wrote the seventh one to the church of Laodicea. They knew of the King of Glory but lacked a relationship with Him. Jesus offered them the opportunity to build a relationship together.

Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. Revelation 3:20-21

We usually use those verses when leading a person to a salvation experience, and rightly so. But I believe they go deeper than that. He’s knocking, so open up more than your heart’s door.

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Invite Him in and command all the doors and gates in your life to open. Let the King of Glory into every area of your life. Then, you’ll experience victory as you sit with Him on His throne.

Thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ. So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 1 Corinthians 15:57-58

Lord, we commit ourselves to you and your kingdom. We confess you are a strong and mighty King who fills us with your glory.

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