Thursday, March 14, 2013

Enter Yahweh Sabbaoth, LORD of hosts

Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem - James Tissot
Triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem - James Tissot

TODAY'S SPECIAL: Psalm 24:1-10

TO CHEW ON: Who is this King of glory?
The LORD of hosts,
He is the King of glory."  Psalm 24:10


Imagine the scene. While the congregation waits inside, the King and His procession make their way to the gates. Those with Him call out to arouse the gatekeeper:

"Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in."



The gatekeeper responds:
"Who is this King of glory?"

The answer rings from the procession:
"The LORD strong and mighty
The LORD mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in."


Gatekeeper: "Who is this king of glory?"

Procession: "The LORD of hosts
He is the king of glory."



(I think they let Him in.)

"The LORD of hosts" in Hebrew is Yahweh Sabbaoth. He is the Lord of:
  • The angelic heavenly hosts such as we see in Luke 2:13.
  • The army of Israel—the captain of which Joshua met before the assault against Jericho - Joshua 5:14.
  • The hosts of nations - Jeremiah 3:19.
  • Everything in heaven and earth "…all the host of them" - Genesis 2:1.

Have we opened the gates of our lives to Him (Revelation 3:20)? Have we willingly made Him our Lord—the One to whom we give our loyalty, obedience and worship? If we haven't let's do it now, when we can do it by our own choice and have the rest of our lives to serve Him. For we will bow before Him as Lord someday in any case (Philippians 2:9-10; Revelation 19:11-16).


PRAYER:
Dear God, thank You for this glimpse of You as King. Help me to lift You up as the LORD Sabbaoth of my life. Amen.

MORE: Handel's Messiah Alert!

Handel used words from our focus verse in the chorus "Lift Up Your Heads"

Here it is sung in Korean by the Korean Students' Glee Club (wonderful!)




And in English by the MIT Concert Choir



Bible Drive-Thru



Bookmark and Share



No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...