The Treasury of David

Psalm 24

Title. A Psalm of David. From the title we learn nothing but the authorship: but this is interesting and leads us to observe the wondrous operations of the Spirit upon the mind of Israel’s sweet singer, enabling him to touch the mournful string in Psalm twenty-two, to pour forth gentle notes of peace in Psalm twenty-three, and here to utter majestic and triumphant strains. We can do or sing all things when the Lord strengtheneth us.

This sacred hymn was probably written to be sung when the ark of the covenant was taken up from the house of Obed-edom, to remain within curtains upon the hill of Zion. The words are not unsuitable for the sacred dance of joy in which David led the way upon that joyful occasion. The eye of the psalmist looked, however, beyond the typical up going of the ark to the sublime ascension of the King of glory. We will call it The Song of the Ascension.

Division. The Psalm makes a pair with the Psalms 15:1-5. It consists of three parts. The first glorifies the true God, and sings of his universal dominion; the second describes the true Israel, who are able to commune with him; and the third pictures the ascent of the true Redeemer, who has opened heaven’s gates for the entrance of his elect.
The Treasury of David.

Psalm 24:8

Exposition

The watchers at the gate hearing the song look over the battlements and ask, Who is this King of glory? A question full of meaning and worthy of the meditations of eternity. Who is he in person, nature, character, office and work? What is his pedigree? What his rank and what his race? The answer given in a mighty wave of music is, The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. We know the might of Jesus by the battles which he has fought, the victories which he has won over sin, and death, and hell, and we clap our hands as we see him leading captivity captive in the majesty of his strength. Oh for a heart to sing his praises! Mighty hero, be thou crowned for ever King of kings and Lord of lords.

Explanatory Notes and Quaint Sayings

Ver. 7-8. See Psalms on “Psalms 24:7 for further information.

Ver. 7-8. See Psalms on “Psalms 24:7 for further information.

Ver. 7-10. See Psalms on “Psalms 24:7 for further information.

Ver. 7-10. See Psalms on “Psalms 24:7 for further information.

Ver. 7-10. See Psalms on “Psalms 24:7 for further information.

Ver. 7-10. See Psalms on “Psalms 24:7 for further information.

See Psalms on “Psalms 24:7 for further information.

See Psalms on “Psalms 24:7 for further information.

Who is the King of glory? Christ in two respects is the King of glory.

  1. For that all honour and glory belongs properly to him—his is “the kingdom, the power, and the glory” Matthew 6:13, called in this regard, “The Lord of glory.” 1 Corinthians 2:8.
  2. For that Christ maketh us partakers of his glory, termed in this respect our glorious Lord Jesus. James 2:1. If the Lord of hosts, strong and mighty in battle, be the King of glory, then Christ (having conquered all his enemies, and made them his footstool, triumphing over death, and the devil which is the founder of death, and sin which is the sting of death, and the grave which is the prison of death, and hell itself which is the proper dominion of the devil and death) is doubtless in himself, “the King of glory.” And for as much as he died for our sins, and is risen again for our justification, and is ascended on high to give gifts unto men—in this life grace, in the next glory—what is he less than a King of glory towards us, of whom and through whom alone we find that fight his battles are delivered from the hands of all that hate us, and so made victors 1 Corinthians 15:57, yea, “more than conquerors.” Romans 8:37. John Boys.

The Lord strong and mighty. Strong and mighty in subduing all adversaries; and overcoming death and the devil who had the power of death. Ludolphus, quoted by Isaac Williams.

Hints to the Village Preacher

  1. His title—the Lord of hosts.
  2. His victories, implied in the expression. The Lord strong and mighty in battle.
  3. His mediatorial title, The King of glory.
  4. His authoritative entrance into the holy place.—John Newton’s “Messiah.”

The mighty Hero. His pedigree, his power, his battles, his victories.
The Treasury of David.

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