When Approaching The King


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When it comes to your relationship with God, do you give much thought to entering into His presence in worship? Would your approach change if you thought of Him as a glorious King reigning in perfect power and holiness?
 
In Psalm 24, David wrote of a celebratory procession in ancient Israel, most likely in the context of the Ark of the Covenant being brought into Jerusalem not only for the first time but also after subsequent victories in battle. During the back and forth between the procession and the gatekeepers in the city and at the sanctuary, the Israelites celebrated God as King over all the earth and rejoiced in the fellowship they enjoyed with Him. 
 
Through the Israelites’ praise, we learn that the Lord is King. Additionally, in this song, we see how the Lord expressed His sovereign authority through establishing order by subduing  chaos. He firmly established the dry land upon the chaos of the seas at Creation. He firmly establishes His people in victory over their enemies, in a military context with respect to ancient Israel and in a spiritual context with respect to Jesus’ victory over Satan, sin, and death through His own death and resurrection. Naturally, we would want to draw near to the Lord to worship Him for who He is in response to what He has done. However, another thing David made clear in this psalm was that holiness must be firmly established in your life if you would approach God
 
So, examine yourself before approaching the King. In doing so, you will discover that you need His provision to meet His holy standard. He has provided for your cleansing from sin by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Have you trusted in Christ for salvation, receiving this cleansing? Even if you have professed faith in Christ in the past, make sure that you are truly in the faith. For, apart from Christ’s provision for your cleansing, you are not only unable to approach God in worship but also unprepared to stand before Him in the final judgment. Having received cleansing from Jesus, though, live a life that is pleasing to Him by the grace He provides so that you might remain in close fellowship with the holy God, your glorious King.