“Why do you seek the living One
among the dead?”
“He is not here, but He has risen.”
“Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee,
saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”
And they remembered His words…
Luke 24:5b-8 (NASB)
There is a searching beauty to The Songs of the Lord. Psalm 22, Jesus’ death song of the Cross. Psalm 23, His burial song of the crook. And now, Psalm 24 – the gloriously conquering song of the crown.* His invitation is even now far-searching that whosoever will might identify themselves with Him.
For those who have embraced the Cross and burial of the old man as one walking through the valley of the shadow of death while guided and protected by the Good Shepherd himself, they are but necessary descending steps in one’s journey to Psalm 24 – Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection and ascension song.
Psalm 24:1-2 (NASB)
A Psalm of David. The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.
For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the rivers.
What a magnificent song of victory! Risen from the dead and anointed Lord Jesus Christ, Jesus can rightfully claim that the earth and everything in it, and the world and all who dwell in it, belong to Him! He has full dominion, power and authority. Having conquered all by paying the ultimate price, He arose, ascended and sat down at the Father’s right hand.
The Day is coming when He will once again receive His Father’s command and stand up, rising from His place of intercession. Repose behind Him, He will finish the work that has awaited Time’s fulfillment. If there is ever a time we will want to be identified with Christ, that is the time. Every choice we make toward identifying with Him now leads us on to the Day of the Lord.
Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.
He shall receive a blessing from the LORD And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
This is the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face–even Jacob. Selah.
The commentaries and insights on this Psalm are many. Here at Wellspring of Life, our question remains: how do we truly identify with the Lord Jesus Christ in this, the Son’s worship, when we have not clean hands and a pure heart; when enticed still by the things of the world and are friends with things false?
For wellsprings of life everywhere, the Cross and the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ is not far from us:
Faith stands by the fountain filled with blood, and as she washes therein,
clean hands and a pure heart, a holy soul and a truthful tongue are given to her.**
For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed–
a righteousness that is by faith from first to last,
just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.” – Romans 1:17 (NIV)
Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in!
Who is the 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.
Behold, He stands at every heart’s door and knocks. Lift up your head and open the door that the King of glory may come in!
Selah. Lift up the harp and voice, for a nobler song is coming;
a song of our Well-beloved.**
Vineyard Days are but preparation for the greater day of the King of glory. His agony-turned-victory is the most splendid song of the ages. He invites us still to join Him in His Song.
~ Gracefully Free
*F.B. Meyer – the cross, the crook, the crown
** The Treasury of David
Scripture’s weaving: Hebrews 7:25, 10:12, 12:2; I Corinthians 1:8; II Peter 3:10; II Corinthians 5:7; Galatians 2:20; Hebrews 10:38
Previous posts surrounding The Songs of the Lord include the Introduction, Psalm 22 – Jesus Death Song, and Psalm 23 – Jesus Christ’s Burial Song. All three Psalms together establish the full Gospel of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection/ascension, with each Song contributing its part to the whole.
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