Psalms 24

Listen to Psalms 24
1 1The earth is the LORD's and the fullness thereof,[a] the world and those who dwell therein,
2 for he has 2founded it upon 3the seas and established it upon the rivers.
3 4Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his 5holy place?
4 6He who has 7clean hands and 8a pure heart, who does not 9lift up his soul to 10what is false and does not swear deceitfully.
5 He will receive 11blessing from the LORD and 12righteousness from 13the God of his salvation.
6 Such is 14the generation of those who seek him, who 15seek the face of the God of Jacob.[b] Selah
7 16Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that 17the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, 18mighty in battle!
9 Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? 19The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! Selah

Psalms 24 Commentary

Chapter 24

Concerning the kingdom of Christ, and the subjects of that kingdom. (1-6) Concerning the King of that kingdom. (7-10)

Verses 1-6 We ourselves are not our own; our bodies, our souls, are not. Even those of the children of men are God's, who know him not, nor own their relation to him. A soul that knows and considers its own nature, and that it must live for ever, when it has viewed the earth and the fulness thereof, will sit down unsatisfied. It will think of ascending toward God, and will ask, What shall I do, that I may abide in that happy, holy place, where he makes his people holy and happy? We make nothing of religion, if we do not make heart-work of it. We can only be cleansed from our sins, and renewed unto holiness, by the blood of Christ and the washing of the Holy Ghost. Thus we become his people; thus we receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of our salvation. God's peculiar people shall be made truly and for ever happy. Where God gives righteousness, he designs salvation. Those that are made meet for heaven, shall be brought safe to heaven, and will find what they have been seeking.

Verses 7-10 The splendid entry here described, refers to the solemn bringing in of the ark into the tent David pitched for it, or the temple Solomon built for it. We may also apply it to the ascension of Christ into heaven, and the welcome given to him there. Our Redeemer found the gates of heaven shut, but having by his blood made atonement for sin, as one having authority, he demanded entrance. The angels were to worship him, ( Hebrews 1:6 ) : they ask with wonder, Who is he? It is answered, that he is strong and mighty; mighty in battle to save his people, and to subdue his and their enemies. We may apply it to Christ's entrance into the souls of men by his word and Spirit, that they may be his temples. Behold, he stands at the door, and knocks, ( Revelation 3:20 ) . The gates and doors of the heart are to be opened to him, as possession is delivered to the rightful owner. We may apply it to his second coming with glorious power. Lord, open the everlasting door of our souls by thy grace, that we may now receive thee, and be wholly thine; and that, at length, we may be numbered with thy saints in glory.

Cross References 19

  • 1. Psalms 50:12; Psalms 89:11; Exodus 9:29; Exodus 19:5; Deuteronomy 10:14; Job 41:11; Cited 1 Corinthians 10:26
  • 2. Psalms 104:5; Job 38:6; Proverbs 8:29
  • 3. Psalms 136:6; Genesis 1:9
  • 4. For ver. 3-5, see Psalms 15:1-5
  • 5. Psalms 2:6
  • 6. [Deuteronomy 10:12; Isaiah 33:15, 16; Micah 6:8]
  • 7. See Job 22:30
  • 8. Psalms 73:1; Matthew 5:8
  • 9. [Ezekiel 18:6]
  • 10. Psalms 31:6; Psalms 119:37
  • 11. [Genesis 22:17, 18]
  • 12. Isaiah 46:13; Isaiah 56:1
  • 13. Psalms 27:9; Psalms 38:22; Psalms 51:14; Psalms 88:1
  • 14. Psalms 14:5
  • 15. Psalms 27:8; Psalms 105:4
  • 16. [Psalms 118:19, 20; Isaiah 26:2]
  • 17. [1 Corinthians 2:8]
  • 18. [Exodus 15:3]
  • 19. Malachi 1:14

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or and all that fills it
  • [b]. Septuagint, Syriac, and two Hebrew manuscripts; Masoretic Text Jacob, who seek your face

Chapter Summary


\\<>\\. This psalm is thought by some of the Jewish writers {d} to have been wrote when the ark was brought from the house of Obededom to the city of David, and put into the place prepared for it by him, 2Sa 6:17; to which reference is supposed to be had in Ps 24:7-10; or after that David had built an altar in the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite, and had knowledge of the hill Moriah, as the place where the sanctuary was to be built; called the hill of the Lord, and his holy place, Ps 24:3; however, it was certainly written by David, under the inspiration of the spirit of God; and is a prophecy of Christ, and of the Gospel church, and describes the members of it. {d} Aben Ezra & Kimchi.

Psalms 24 Commentaries

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