Summary: Psalm 24 - Jesus the King. (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
(1). The Creator God (vs 1-2)
(2). The Holy God (vs 3-6)
(3). The Sovereign God (vs 7-10)
• Joshua Bell emerged from the Metro (subway train station);
• And positioned himself against a wall beside a waste bin.
• By most measures, he was nondescript:
• A youngish white man in jeans, a long-sleeved T-shirt, and a baseball cap.
• From a small case, he removed a violin.
• Placing the open case at his feet, with a few coins placed in as seed money;
• He began to play.
• For the next 45 minutes, in the D.C. Metro on January 12, 2007,
• Bell played Mozart and Schubert as over 1,000 people streamed by,
• Most hardly taking notice.
• If they had paid attention,
• They might have recognized the young man for the world-renowned violinist he is.
• They also might have noted the violin he played;
• It was a rare Stradivarius worth over $3 million.
• Just three days earlier, Joshua Bell sold out Boston Symphony Hall,
• With ordinary seats going for $100.
• In the subway, Bell reaped about $32;
• From the 27 people who stopped long enough to give a donation.
• TRANSITION: That story was an experimental project;
• Organised by The Washington Post newspaper.
• Two thousand years earlier another great,
• In fact the greatest royal personage walked among people and most of them missed him!
• Failing to recognise him for who he was and is – King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
• And yet a thousand years earlier;
• One man, a shepherd, a musician, a warrior and a king himself;
• Inspired by the Holy Spirit of God:
• Looked down the lens of prophecy and recognised King Jesus!
• And that is the theme of this psalm.
• Psalms 22, 23, and 24 are a group of psalms written by King David.
• It has often been pointed out that these three Psalms (22, 23 & 24) form a trilogy;
• These three Psalms (22, 23 & 24) form a trilogy;
• They fit together and complement one another because;
• They cover the past, the present, and the future.
• They speak of Christ as the Sufferer in Psalm 22,
• Christ as the Shepherd in Psalm 23,
• And Christ as the Sovereign in Psalm 24.
• They fit together each and work together as a threesome;
• To know Christ as Shepherd, we must first meet him first at the cross as our saviour.
• And to know his continued care & guidance in our lives;
• We must make him sovereign, the king, the ruler of our lives!
Note: Psalm 24 has traditionally been interpreted in a threefold way:
• Jewish tradition says that this psalm was written;
• To commemorate David bringing back the ark of covenant to Jerusalem,
• The ark had a temporary resting place in the house of Obed-Edon the Gittite;
• But now it would have a permanent resting place in Jerusalem.