We now enter into the
new ground of Psalm 24. It is entitled ‘A Psalm of David’.
Many believe it was written when David went down to Obed-edom’s house
to bring back the Ark of the Covenant. This was such a time of
rejoicing so much so, David danced before the Lord. It is a
prophetical picture of a greater than David, Jesus Christ, when He
ascends into His city for the last time to live forever.
In verses 1 and 2 we
see the ‘Authority of the Sovereign’, verses 3-6 the ‘Account
of His Subjects’, and verses 7-11 the ‘Assent of the Saviour’.
In the days of Christ the temple was the place of worship in
Jerusalem. As a part of the daily liturgy various Psalms were sung on
particular days. On Monday they sang Psalm 48, Tuesday Psalm 82,
Wednesday Psalm 94, Thursday Psalm 81, Friday Psalm 93, and Saturday,
the Sabbath, Psalm 92. On Sunday, the first day of the week, Psalm 24
was sung. The very morning our Lord arose with the triumph over
death, hell, and the grave the choir was scheduled to sing this
Let us look at our
first division of study that we have called the ‘Authority of the
Sovereign’. In verse 1-2 David said, “The
earth is the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they
that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and
established it upon the floods.”
In verse 1 we are confronted with the ‘Authority of Ownership’.
He claimed that the earth, the world, and all that dwell therein
belong to Him. The word ‘earth’ speaks of the actual land.
The word ‘world’ speaks of the globe, the sphere of this planet
and its inhabitants.
How much time in our
day is spent on land? How time is spent in measuring, arguing, and
deciding the boundary lines of property? David says He has the title
deed to it all.
Let us be careful in
claiming ownership over people or property by saying ‘that is mine
or ours’. If we own it we are obligated for its upkeep and its
outcome. Oh, blessed thought that He owns it all and can keep it up
so much better than we. What peace to acknowledge the ‘Authority
of His Ownership’ over all He has entrusted me with.
verse 2 we are confronted with the “Authority of His Ordaining’.
The word ‘founded’ means to set upon or to ordain. The word ‘established’
means to erect or build upon. We are told that the world was founded
upon the seas. Surely, we are reminded here of creation when the
universe was totally submerged in water. In Genesis 1:9 God said, “…let
the dry land appear…” and it arose out of the sea of water. We
are told He established it upon the floods. This speaks of Noah’s
flood when the waters arose from beneath and above. When the waters
were abated the world was sitting upon the waters. We can certainly
see that we are not standing on a good footing in this world. Job
said ‘he hung the world upon nothing’. I am glad that I have
my foundation upon a rock that is higher than I, yea; it is a rock
that is out of this world. I am glad that through ‘His Sovereign
Authority of Ordination and Ownership’ all things are held
together and have their being in Him. Now that is a sure footing for