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“Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle” (vs. 8).
He is strong and mighty, but He will not break in on the basis of His might and strength. He waits at the gate, and at the door, for that one whose hands are clean, and who can ascend the mount and throw the bolt that allows the King of Glory to come in. This is exactly what glorifies God; that He does not employ His might and strength to obtain His ends.
He waits for us to participate with Him - for that is what glorifies Him. There is no visible glory without a temple. God requires a housing; we are that structure. There is no glorifying of God in His coming into the earth that He is made except that it has come through the instruments of His own choice - beggars that He has taken off of garbage dumps, and who He has made to sit with princes. He is glorified by what He performs and achieves through those whom He has saved. In fact, this whole psalm is an invitation for us to be reminded that His power will give every enablement, if we will provide the ”I will.”


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12. Karl Barth, the Swiss theologian asks, ”This is the right word, but why does it enlighten us so faintly? Why does it not penetrate our ears and issue from our lips? Why do we not ascend and stand, even amidst the needs that surround us in the holy place? Why is it not true and real to us? Why do we not live by the word, ”The earth is the Lords”? Why then do we live as though it is not true if it is true? We live our days as though not a flicker of light would reveal itself. How poor our words are. How darkened are our spirits. How little we seem to be able to say to the great need and darkness of our times that the earth is the Lord’s. Even our Christian words, our sermons, our observations are helpless faltering and lacking in light and spirit. The saddest part of all is that we speak and hear the word of God as if it were a mere word of man; it no longer possesses its unique power and meaning.”


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12. Karl Barth, the Swiss theologian asks, ”This is the right word, but why does it enlighten us so faintly? Why does it not penetrate our ears and issue from our lips? Why do we not ascend and stand, even amidst the needs that surround us in the holy place? Why is it not true and real to us? Why do we not live by the word, ”The earth is the Lords”? Why then do we live as though it is not true if it is true? We live our days as though not a flicker of light would reveal itself. How poor our words are. How darkened are our spirits. How little we seem to be able to say to the great need and darkness of our times that the earth is the Lord’s. Even our Christian words, our sermons, our observations are helpless faltering and lacking in light and spirit. The saddest part of all is that we speak and hear the word of God as if it were a mere word of man; it no longer possesses its unique power and meaning.”


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13. Barth continues, ”So who will ascend the hill of the Lord, and who is the generation of them that seek after Him, who seek His face? Such zealous striving after truth or much praying is in vain, because we will never by these ways make it right with God. The holiest thing is lacking, even though we talk much about it. That deep respect for God’s majesty, that real reverent respect is wanting. . . There is wanting that earnest prerequisite of the knowledge of God, not of what I think, intend and say, but only His name, His kingdom, His will. . . And when that is wanting, it is not merely something that is wanting, but everything is wanting. When that is wanting, nothing will succeed, everything is loose and empty doctrine even if it be ten-fold true.”

Only a pure heart can even desire to ascend. If we do not have the desire, it is the ipso facto evidence that our hearts are impure. If they were pure, we would have this desire of God to go up. We have allowed a mixture of many things. Our first prayer ought to be to ask the Lord to purify our heart as He Himself is pure. We need to ask Him to purge our hearts from everything that dulls it, and keeps it from desiring what He desires. We cannot even identify correctly the issues of our heart, but we know that if we lack a desire to ascend, and we do not see ourselves as included in the ”Who,” then that is the evidence of impurity.



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14. I would to God that Israel and the Palestinians would bow before this word, who are presently vying with each other over the possession of the Land. It is the Lord’s, and He will give it to whom He will, when He will, and under the conditions that He will. But the very fact that they are competing and contending over it shows that they are outside the context of this statement, and they are outside of it because we as the church are outside of it.
In fact, the kind of bickering and contention that is presently going on in the Israel cannot be alleviated or be met by anything less than the revelation of God in His glory as King. No diplomacy or treaty will work; only the revelation of the God who created the earth and all that is therein coming as King of Glory can bring resolution to this conflict that is threatening to tear up the Middle-East as well as the world.


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15. The issues of this age are of such a kind that only the revelation and the actual incoming of the King in His glory can resolve them. If God is not God and revealed in glory as Creator, and that the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof and those that dwell therein, then there is no prospect for mankind. To acknowledge God as Creator requires a submission to Him who has created. It is that critical, and God makes the whole issue rest on the ”gate” and the ”door” that will be opened to allow His entry - which is ourselves as the church rightly related to Him on the holy hill.


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16. The world does not know that the earth is the Lord’s. It sees it only as a geophysical accident, and not as a result of His creation. Nor has the church rightly acknowledged that its own physical life is the Lord’s. We are dust, and therefore we are the Lord’s. We are as much His creation as the physical terra firma on which we have been placed. But if we are not living as if our bodies are the Lord’s, then how should we expect the world to understand that the larger earth is the Lord’s. We are a case in point. It is one thing to mentally acknowledge that this piece of earth is the Lord’s, but are we living in the truth of that acknowledgment? And that if it is His, then it is His to direct and employ, His to do with as He will. If we ourselves are usurping and controlling, and leading our own life and purpose, we are contradicting the testimony of God with the regard to the entire earth. The earth remains, therefore, in the ignorance of whose earth it is, because we as the church do not testify to it that our own earth is the Lord’s.


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17. I just want to pray that we will hear this as the word of God addressed to our casual Christian mentality and attitude, which has not even thought to ascend the holy hill of God. It has not been a priority or an intention, and yet, we can say that the redemption of mankind waits for the King of Glory to come in. He will not use His power and might to do so, but waits for the gate to be opened by only those who can ascend the hill, having the pure heart and clean hands, and have not given themselves to vanity. It is an ultimate requirement for the Church, and it is also the issue of the glory of God for mankind. They need to know that the ”earth is the Lord’s and those that dwell therein.”

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Lord, I am speaking on behalf of our whole body and myself. We are slothful, indifferent, casual and satisfied merely with what is correct. We ask, my God, that You would address us through this psalm and through these comments that we might be part of the generation that seeks the Lord and that seeks His face.
We want to give ourselves for the kind of seeking that is strenuous and that is itself a kind of dying. And the very effort of that seeking is itself a purifying agent that will bring our hearts to a place, my God, that enables us to go up.
We know that we need to be frequently, if not continually, reminded. For the world, the flesh, and the devil seem to have such a powerful sway as to give to our church life such a common air, such a predictable every-day kind of ordinary quality.

We lack the intensity, Lord, the devout desire, the intent to go up, and we thank You, Lord, that You are giving us an invitation. You wait to be sought. And so, precious God, help us. Break us up in the deeps. Make us to see the shallowness of our self-satisfaction, the lack of earnestness toward God, and what is at stake with the King of glory, to manifest that glory in His own creation.
Speak to us Lord, as the gate and the door that holds You back, waiting for those hands that are clean that can ascend and throw the bolt to open that permits Your entry and Your glory into Your own creation.
Thank you for Your jealous love that will not let us go, that knows the truth of our heart and our condition. You know that we are not moving from faith to faith; rather we are stagnant and predictable in what we are about. There is no going up. Bid us, come, Lord we pray. Stir us up in the inner man. Thank you that You have provided the enablement and that You have gone before, and that there are steps we can walk in and follow.
In Jesus Name. Amen.


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