Daily Archives: December 19, 2010
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]
7 Lift up your heads, you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
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.