Jeremiah 47 & Psalm 23-24

Jeremiah 47

    The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines, before Pharaoh struck down Gaza.

    “Thus says the LORD:
    Behold, waters are rising out of the north,
        and shall become an overflowing torrent;
    they shall overflow the land and all that fills it,
        the city and those who dwell in it.
    Men shall cry out,
        and every inhabitant of the land shall wail.
    At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his stallions,
        at the rushing of his chariots, at the rumbling of their wheels,
    the fathers look not back to their children,
        so feeble are their hands,
    because of the day that is coming to destroy
        all the Philistines,
    to cut off from Tyre and Sidon
        every helper that remains.
    For the LORD is destroying the Philistines,
        the remnant of the coastland of Caphtor.
    Baldness has come upon Gaza;
        Ashkelon has perished.
    O remnant of their valley,
        how long will you gash yourselves?
    Ah, sword of the LORD!
        How long till you are quiet?
    Put yourself into your scabbard;
        rest and be still!
    How can it be quiet
        when the LORD has given it a charge?
    Against Ashkelon and against the seashore
        he has appointed it.”

(Jeremiah 47 ESV)


Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
        He makes me lie down in green pastures.
    He leads me beside still waters.
        He restores my soul.
    He leads me in paths of righteousness
        for his name's sake.
    
    Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
        I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
        your rod and your staff,
        they comfort me.
    
    You prepare a table before me
        in the presence of my enemies;
    you anoint my head with oil;
        my cup overflows.
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
        all the days of my life,
    and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
        forever.

(Psalm 23 ESV)


Psalm 24

A Psalm of David.

    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 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. Selah
    
    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! Selah

(Psalm 24 ESV)

King of Glory

The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein. (Psalm 24:1)

 

It is thought that this particular Psalm was used periodically among the people of Israel in remembrance of the way David brought the Ark of the Lord into Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6). Is serves as a great reminder of what it means to be the people of God. Our Lord is the strong and mighty creator and landlord of the entire globe, and yet He has chosen us as His special people to be the heirs to all that He owns.

How often do we take for granted the magnitude and scope of how strong and mighty our Lord is and power that He possesses at every given moment? And then how often do we take for granted that this same Lord has a strong and mighty desire for people to share in His rule and reign over the entire creation?

Our Lord’s desire to have a special people who could share in the glory of all that He has created is so strong that He willingly became one of us to make that possible. Who can stand in the holy presence of our Lord? Only the man who has a pure heart and the righteousness that can only be received from God. And who has made this possible? Our gracious Lord who substituted His own righteousness for our inherent unrighteousness through what took place upon the cross. May we find ourselves humbled and yet proud to be considered the special people of God who will inherit the globe and share in His glory. He is the King of glory, and we are now His kids.