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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #86
Posted: June 22, 2006

PSALM 24:1-2

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 victorious song. 

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. 

In 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 certain!