Sermon Title: Kingdomtide
Scripture: Psalm 24
Psalms 24 a short but powerful psalm and this being Kingdom tide I thought this might be a good sermon to help us appreciate this time and understand what the psalm is talking about. When we read in verse 9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in, who is the king of Glory? Here is a definition of Kingdom tide from Webster’s Dictionary- a season of the church year preceding Advent and observed by some Christians as a time for emphasizing the message of the kingdom of God, the emphasis here is on a special time for taking care of the poor and needy is that not a major part of living the Christian life, loving our neighbor as ourselves or the golden rule do unto others as you unto you. So in this time where we welcome the king of glory in we should also welcome all his creation in. The good the bad and the ugly. Let’s look at this scripture and see how it relates to our lives today. Verse 1 The earth is the LORD's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. From the beginning of this Palm we are reminded that everything belongs to God we are but tenants, we own nothing, nothing is truly is ours, even we ourselves our lives our bodies everything belongs to God, this is why the scriptures reminds us we brought nothing into this world naked we came into the world and naked we shall leave, all those beautiful clothes we bury our loved ones in will not last in the grave and are not fit for heaven or hell. We talk about the sovereignty of our homes how we are the king or queen of our castle, but even in our homes where we think our word is law even in our homes we are tenants we cannot own what we cannot buy from God and what can a man buy from God and with what would he purchase it with what can a man claim as his own before God, his home, no vanity of vanities, his children, no you didn’t make them, you are only a steward of them, our wealth only on loan, your husband or wife even they belong to the creator. So what can you claim as yours absolutely nothing, well maybe your sins, your choices, other than that naked I came into this world and naked I shall depart. What part of the earth is the Lord’s and they that dwell in it do we not get. Even the foundation stands because God holds it up, look at this verse 2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods, how firm is water, the earth is founded upon waters, do you not understand if it were not for the grace of God the mercy of God the whole earth would slip back into the water remember Genesis 19 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. Before there was anything there was God, before there was land it was all sea, so if God chose he could return the waters to covering the earth. He did it once before ask Noah. This is why it is folly to set as our foundation anything but God, on Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand. The earth is the Lords and the fullness therein. We are a part of the fullness therein, we and all we posses belong to God. 3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor swornand a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. There is nothing of this earth you can wash with nothing you can do that will make you clean nothing but the blood of Jesus, what can make me white as snow nothing but the blood of Jesus, what can wash away my sins nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me clean within nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can you do to purify your heart? It is not enough that our hands be clean before men, but we must also wash our hearts from wickedness, we must not allow ourselves any secret heart-impurities. Everything we do say or think is open before the eye of God. In vain those who pretend to have pure and good hearts whose hands are defiled with the acts of sin, uncclean. They are such as do not set their affections upon the things of this world, do not lift up their souls unto vanity, whose hearts are not carried away with the wealth of this world, the praise of men, or the delights of sense, who do not choose these things for their portion, nor reach forth after them, because they believe them to be vanity, uncertain and unsatisfying. This is the generation of those that seek him. In every age there is a remnant of such as these, men of this character, who are accounted to the Lord for a generation. . In verse 7 and in verse 9 entrance once and again is demanded for the King of glory; the doors and gates are to be thrown open, thrown wide open, to give him admission, for behold he stands at the door and knocks, ready to come in. Who is this King of glory? As, when any knock at our door, it is common to ask, Who is there? 3. Satisfaction once and again given concerning the royal person that makes the demand: It is the Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle, the Lord of hosts. . With great readiness: the doors and gates must be thrown open to him. Let the word of the Lord come into the innermost and uppermost place in our souls. With allreverence remembering how great a God he is with whom we have relationship. Doubtless it points at Christ, of whom the ark, with the mercy-seat, was a type. We may apply it to the ascension of Christ into heaven and the welcome given to him there. When he had finished his work on earth he ascended in the clouds of heaven. The gates of heaven must then be opened to him, those doors that may be truly called everlasting, which had been shut against us, to keep the way of the tree of life. Our Redeemer found them shut, but, having by his blood made atonement for sin and gained a title to enter into the holy place, as one having authority, he demanded entrance, not for himself only, but for us; for, as the forerunner, he has for us entered and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. The keys not only of hell and death, but of heaven and life, must be put into his hand. His approach being very magnificent, the angels are brought in asking, Who is this King of glory? For angels keep the gates of the New Jerusalem, the first-begotten was brought into the upper world the angels were to worship It is answered that he is strong and mighty, mighty in battle, to save his people and subdue his and their enemies. We may apply it to Christ’s entrance into the souls of men. by his word and Spirit, that they may be his temples. Christ’s presence in them is like that of the ark in the temple; it sanctifies them. Behold, he stands at the door and knocks, Rev. 3:20. It is required that the gates and doors of the heart be opened to him, not only as admission is given to a guest, but aspossession is delivered to the rightful owner, after the title has been contested. This is the gospel call and demand, that we let Jesus Christ, the King of glory, come into our souls, and welcome him with hosannas, Blessed is he that cometh. That we may do this aright we are concerned to ask,Who is this King of glory?--to acquaint ourselves with him, whom we are to believe in, and to love above all. And the answer is ready: He is Jehovah, and willbe Jehovah our righteousness, an all-sufficient Saviour to us, if we give him entrance and entertainment. He isstrong and mighty, and the Lord of hosts; and therefore it is at our peril if we deny him entrance; for he is able to avenge the affront; he can force his way, and can break those in pieces with his iron rod that will not submit to his golden sceptre.In singing this let our hearts cheerfully answer to this call, as it is in the first words of the next psalm, Unto thee, O Lord! do I lift up my soul. In this kingdomtide throw open the door of your heart and let the King of Glory enter in.