John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”
Luke 11:28 “But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.”
Not all Bible versions are the same and the version we choose is critical for sound doctrine. When studying the Scriptures is always good to compare the version we are reading with other good translation, that will give us more understanding on some words, or you can also use a bible dictionary.
We are going to use the same 4 steps mentioned previously, to study PSALM 23:
1/ Setting the context: (abc’s)
– Author — King David
– Background — When did the author live? In what culture? Born in 907 BC, he reigned as king of Israel for 40 years, dying at age 70 in 837 BC. He was a farm boy, a shepherd & a musician, then became a warrior & a king. David had a heart for the Lord.
– Context — Book of Psalm, Chapter 23:1-6 The Christian sees in this Psalm a wonderful foreshadowing of “The Good Shepherd” Jesus Christ, (John 10) who gave His life for His sheep & watches over them even now.
For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Today if ye will hear his voice,” Psalm 95:7
1/ Setting the context: “ABCs”
2/ What does the passage say ? (Observation)
3/ What does it mean? (Meaning)
4/ How does the principle apply to one specific area of my life? (Application) 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
1 The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.
2 For he hath founded it upon the seas,
and established it upon the floods.
3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?
or who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord,
and righteousness from the God of hissalvation.
6 This is the generation of them that seek him,
that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates;
even lift them up, ye everlasting doors;
and the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Outline of Psalm 24
I. The King of Glory—Psalm 24:1-10
A. Worship of the Creator through the observation of His creation–(vs.1-2)
1. “The earth is the LORD’s” Psalm 24:1
-The LORD has ownership over the earth–(vs.1a)
-The LORD has ownership over the world and all the people (animals, etc) within it. –(vs.1b) Psalm 50:10-11;
Job 41:11; 1 Cor.10:26; Psalm 89:11
2. For He has founded it & established it –Psalm 24:2 -(Gen. 1:9, John 1:3, Col.1:15-23; Psalm 104; Prov. 3:19)
-The LORD has the ownership because He is the creator of the earth and all within it. (vs.2)
B. Who can stand in God’s presence (vs.3-6)
– “Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? or Who shall stand in His holy place?” (vs.3) (mount Zion), (Were the ark of God’s presence rested) (Psalm 15:1; 2:6; 65:4)
Answer: (vs.4 & 6) (Requirements to come to God’s presence or to worship Him)
1. He that hath clean hands, (vs.4) or has not done evil, Job 17:9, 22:30
2. and a pure heart; (Matthew 5:8; Proverbs 4: 23; Acts8:22; Psalm 51:1-3,10-11 )
3. who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity,
4. nor sworn deceitfully
5. who seeks the face of God (vs.6) through His son Jesus Christ in the New Covenant (John 14:6)
Now through faith in Jesus Christ we are able to receive the blessing from the LORD and righteousness from the God of salvation to all who believe (Rom. 3:22), Is.46:13; psalm 25:5
C. Honor the King of glory— (vs. 7-10)- 1 Cor. 2:8, James 2:1, Rev. 19:13-16
1. **Open the gates “that the King of glory may come in” – (vs.7, 9) (The temple is now our hearts: Rev.19:13-16).
2. “Who is the King of glory?” –( vs. 8, 10)
3. “The LORD…He is the King of glory!” –(vs. 8, 10) Let us worship our Lord & King!! “O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before Him, all the earth“. (Psalms 96:9)
1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night declares knowledge.
3 There is no speech and there are no words; their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19:1-4)
Psalm 25 is a beautiful prayer that reminds us that God fights on our behalf, that He can guides us, teaches us and instructs us if we ask Him. It reminds us that God can rescue us, protect us & keep us safe. God love us and is faithful in all His ways. If we live by faith (trusting Him) and we humble ourselves before God, He’ll answer us when we pray for His forgiveness, deliverance and protection.
“The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise“. Psalm 51:17
“But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7