Daily Archives: December 19, 2010

Psalms on Sunday: Fourth Sunday of Advent

Psalm 24 (NIV)

Of David. A psalm.

 1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it,
   the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it on the seas
   and established it on the waters.

 3 Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD?
   Who may stand in his holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
   who does not trust in an idol
   or swear by a false god.[a]

 5 They will receive blessing from the LORD
   and vindication from God their Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
   who seek your face, God of Jacob.[b][c]

 7 Lift up your heads, you gates;
   be lifted up, you ancient doors,
   that the King of glory may come in.

  1. Psalm 24:4 Or swear falsely
  2. Psalm 24:6 Two Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac (see also Septuagint); most Hebrew manuscripts face, Jacob
  3. Psalm 24:6 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the end of verse 10.

Theme: The Lord is Creator and King, requiring fidelity of those who would approach him.

Reflection: It’s as if [the psalmist] was walking among them as they were calling out to the city, “Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in” (24:7). Today the Messiah calls his church to worship and communion: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with them, and they with me” (Rev. 3:20).

Psalms on Sunday is a weekly blog series that highlights one Psalm in correspondence with lectionary cycle A as found in The Book of Common Prayer for the Episcopal Church. The Psalm is accompanied by text from The Essential Bible Companion to the Psalms by Brian Webster and David Beach.

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