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The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. Who may stand in his holy place? Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who do not put their trust in an idol or swear by a false god. Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty—he is the King of glory. Psalm 24: 1, 2, 3b, 4, 7, 8, 10 (CEB)
Our 57th Church Anniversary is approaching fast. The theme this year has been chosen from Psalm 24:10, “Who Is the King of Glory?” As I read and ponder this text I am reminded of several points that are brought out in the text. Prior to discussions about the anniversary and theme, I must say I had read this passage several times and didn’t really focus on it as I have in the past few months. Moreover, in reading it every week as part of my devotional I have gained a new appreciation and insight into the words of the Psalmist.
Some of us probably never thought about it; everything we have, even our lives, belong to God. Umm! Not belonging to ourselves. I know some of us still will not accept that statement. Yet, when we really come to grips with it, we know it to be true. Yes, everything belongs to God. However, we have been given a free will and God will not override our decisions. That’s what we call power; I wonder if we even understand the essence of that power. Well, if not I will try to clarify it. Here it goes: A loving God, who everything belongs to, has given us an opportunity to make decisions about our lives and affairs in this world.
We have been entrusted with an awesome task. God, Our Creator, trust us enough to give us the power to make decisions that will affect our lives and others. That helps me to understand the importance of giving our lives to Christ. For in giving our lives to the Master, we are assured of living a life worthy of standing in his holy place. Psalm 24 reminds us, trusting God is the most valuable asset we can acquire. Submitting to the King of Glory offers more than this world can give. Being an obedient Child of the Most High God will provide guidance and direction to those who are willing to follow.
So, “Who is he, this King of glory?” The Lord Almighty—he is the King of glory. The challenge for us as Christians is to totally commit ourselves to Christ. Then, when we stand at the gates or the doors that others have set before us as stumbling blocks, or valleys, or mountains,-- the King of Glory, the Lord strong and mighty will be there to make the path straight.
Let it be our prayers that all who live in this world will truly get to know the King of Glory!!
Rev. Anice N. Moses, Senior Pastor
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Transitions is the way of the United Methodist Church, as our ministers/pastors are itinerant and only guaranteed appointments one year at a time.