After His victory over sin, death, and Hades, Jesus ascended to heaven and was given dominion, glory, and a kingdom (Daniel 7:13-14). Being exalted to the right hand of God (Acts 2:33), He sits on the throne of David (Acts 2:30). With all authority in heaven and earth (Matthew 28:18), He is the Blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords (1 Timothy 6:15). In Psalm 24, David describes three significant truths about the King of glory:
- The completeness of His sovereignty. “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the waters” (vv. 1-2).
- The conditions of His audience. “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place. He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face” (vv. 3-6).
- The case for His coronation. “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? 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. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory” (vv. 7-10).
It is before the great white throne of this King (Revelation 20:11) that every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess (Philippians 2:10-11), and the King shall decree whether you will have an eternal audience in His presence.