David ponders who is permitted to enter the temple. He may have written this Psalm for when he brought the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem.
A Psalm by David.
VERSE 1. The earth is the LORD’s, with its fullness; the world, and those who dwell in it.
The earth is the LORD’s. We might be the “owner” of things, whether a house or groceries, bank accounts or tools, jewelry or cars or plates. But ultimately these things belong to God, and we are but “stewards” entrusted with their use for a while.
VERSE 2. For he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the floods.
he has founded it. David acknowledges God’s sovereignty over everything.
VERSE 3. Who may ascend to the LORD’s hill? Who may stand in his holy place?
the LORD’s hill. That is, to the temple on the hill.
VERSE 4. He who has clean hands and a pure heart; who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood, and has not sworn deceitfully.
He who has. This answer may have been given by the priests at the temple.
VERSE 5. He shall receive a blessing from the LORD, righteousness from the God of his salvation.
VERSE 6. This is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek your face—even Jacob. Selah.
those who seek Him. Do you seek the LORD?
VERSE 7. Lift up your heads, you gates! Be lifted up, you everlasting doors, and the King of glory will come in.
Lift up your heads, you gates. David calls for the gates of Jerusalem to be opened.
VERSE 8. Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle.
VERSE 9. Lift up your heads, you gates; yes, lift them up, you everlasting doors, and the King of glory will come in.
VERSE 10. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of Hosts is the King of glory!
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