Summary: Sermon based on Psalm 24.
"THE CROSS, THE CROOK & THE CROWN"
Pt. 3 - The Sovereign's Crown
Psalms 24:7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Introduction: Psalms 22-24 are Messianic in their content and are an appropriate study in light of how close we are to our celebration of the Lord's Passion. Each of these three Psalms has a different focus which we shall explore over the next three weeks. The first is entitled "The Savior's Cross; the second, "The Shepherd's Crook", and the third, The Sovereign's Crown!" Now we come to the third part of our study in this trilogy of Psalms, The Sovereign's Crown. Most of what I'm going to say this morning will be connected to the question in verse 8: "...Who is this king of glory?" We'll seek to provide an answer. First, the King of glory is:
I. HE'S A TRANSCENDANT KING
1 Timothy 6:15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
ILL - At least once per year I like to quote Dr. S. M. Lockeridge's great narrative describing King Jesus so I'd like to do that for you this morning:
The Bible says He's a seven way king:
He's the King of the Jews
He's the King of Israel
He's the King of Righteousness
He's the King of the Ages
He's the King of Heaven
He's the King of Glory
He's the King of Kings and He is the Lord of Lords
Now that's my King!
David says: The Heavens declare the glory of God
And the firmament showeth His handiwork
No means of measure can define His limitless love
No far seeing telescope can bring into visibility the coastline of His shoreless supply
No barriers can hinder Him from pouring out His blessing
He's enduringly strong
He's entirely sincere
He's eternally steadfast
He's immortally graceful
He's imperially powerful
He's impartially merciful
That's my King!
He's God's Son
He's the sinners' Saviour
He's the centerpiece of civilization
He stands alone in Himself
He's the loftiest idea in literature
He's the highest personality in philosophy
He's the supreme problem in higher criticism
He's the fundamental doctrine in true theology
He's the cardinal necessity of spiritual religion
That's my King!
He's the miracle of the age
He's the superlative of everything good that you choose to call Him
He's the only one able to supply all of our needs simultaneously
He supplies strength for the weak
He's available for the tempted and the tried
He sympathizes and He saves
He guards and He guides
He heals the sick
He cleansed the lepers
He forgives sinners
He discharges debtors
He delivers the captives
He defends the feeble
He blesses the young
He serves the unfortunate
He regards the age