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
Will we ever lose the wonder or cease to ask the worship question posed by this psalm of David? Will we not always stand in awe and amazement at the unfathomable glory of the Son of God crucified and Son of man risen and glorified? Who is this King of glory? Is He not like any earthly king we know of? What other king would stoop to serve, die to live, and suffer to reign?
On verse 8, Augustine writes: "Mortal nature is awe-struck in wonder, and asks, Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty. He, Whom thou didst deem weak and overwhelmed. The Lord mighty in battle. Handle the scars, and thou wilt find them made whole, and human weakness restored to immortality. The glorifying of the Lord, which was owing to earth, where it warred with death, hath been paid."
And Calvin comments: "The repetition teaches us that true believers cannot be too constant and diligent in meditation on this subject. The Son of God, clothed with our flesh, has now shown himself to be King of glory and Lord of hosts, and he is not entered into his temple only by shadows and figures, but really and in very deed, that he may dwell in the midst of us. There is, therefore, nothing to hinder us from boasting that we shall be invincible by his power."
Let us then repeat the wondrous and awestruck question - Who is this King of glory? Let us hear the answer of Scripture and the anthem of angels: "Jesus, he is this King of glory!"
"He restores my soul." Psalm 23:3a
"Return, o my soul, to your rest; for Yahweh has dealt bountifully with you!" Psalm 116:7
Jesus, my great Shepherd, Yahweh my Lord - You restore my soul. You are my Soul-Restorer.
My soul, what are you doing aching and languishing when there is a rest and a restoration awaiting you in your Redeemer's strong arms? Return! For you already know how our kind Shepherd provides for us in such a way that we have no lack! Return! How our gracious Shepherd provides for us lush green pastures on which to lay our weary body and quiet our troubled mind. You know, my soul, how He - my loving Shepherd - provides water to slake our thirst-prone self. O, how He provides more than we can drink in! Consider, o my soul, how our wise shepherd leads us for His own glory and always for our own good! We can rest, soul, in His tender care. and in resting we can experience true restoration.
What are you, my soul, waiting for?
Pastor Josh and his wife Tracey planted GraceLife with a church-planting core in April of 2017.