February 1, 2019

Psalm 24 (NLT) — A psalm of David. 1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. 2 For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths. 3 Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? 4 Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. 5 They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior. 6 Such people may seek you and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob. Interlude 7 Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. 8 Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty; the Lord, invincible in battle. 9 Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. 10 Who is the King of glory? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies— he is the King of glory.

As I read through this psalm my thoughts raced to Jesus. God the Father created everything through Jesus.(Colossians 1:16-17). So the earth belongs to Jesus and everything in it and on it including all people. Jesus it truly the King of glory. As I was reading I realized that verses 3-6 could not take place in a person until verses 7-9 had taken place in that person.

In 1954 my family consisted of my father, mother and me. My dad was a just about to graduate from the Lutheran Brethren Seminary here in Fergus Falls. The seminary was located in the building that is now the Broen Home. Another family, whose father was also in the seminary, had two boys that I was friends with. Two of us were close to our 5th birthdays and other one was three years old. We were outside playing one day and I was chasing the brothers. They ran around the building with me in pursuit and they managed to get inside one of the front doors to the building and they braced themselves against it so that I couldn’t get in. I was crying and pushing as hard as I could but I couldn’t get the door to budge. The door was made of glass with a wood frame. As I was pounding on the glass with the fist of my right hand the window broke, my hand went through and blood started running everywhere. The boys ran and got their mom who then bandaged up my hand. Fortunately no ligament or tendons were damaged. After the incident sorry’s  were said, forgiveness was extended and we were once again friends.

When Jesus was here in person most of the people loved having him around except for the religious leaders. They did all that they could to shut him out of people’s hearts; to the point where Jesus cried, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me”. And the next thing you know the people’s love vanished and there Jesus was bleeding on the cross.

Jesus doesn’t want to be shut out of any area of our lives. He wants to be the King. It is only when we let him in that we experience relationship. A relationship that is full of unfailing love. A relationship that gives and gives. A relationship where there is no condemnation. A relationship where forgiveness is always on the table. A relationship where there is peace, protection, provision, contentment, joy, and purity. A relationship where you can relax and be human!

Jesus is the King of Glory. So have you let the King of Glory in or has your love grown cold?  Do you love giving Jesus access int0 all of your relationships, your thoughts, your work, your play? It is only then that you will experience, righteousness, peace and joy.

Romans 14:17 (NIV) — 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit,

Revelation 3:20 (NLT) — 20 “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.

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