Who is the King of Glory? — Psalm 24 #2

Psalm 24 New Living Translation (NLT)

A psalm of David.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
    The world and all its people belong to him.
For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas
    and built it on the ocean depths.

Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,
    who do not worship idols
    and never tell lies.
They will receive the Lord’s blessing
    and have a right relationship with God their savior.
Such people may seek you
    and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob.[a] Interlude

Psalm 24:3-6

Open up, ancient gates!
    Open up, ancient doors,
    and let the King of glory enter.
Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty;
    the Lord, invincible in battle.
Open up, ancient gates!
    Open up, ancient doors,
    and let the King of glory enter.

10 Who is the King of glory?

    The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—

    he is the King of glory.

Psalm 24:10

Sold Out! Selling Possessions to the Poor for Perfection — Matthew 19 #5

“For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” – 1st Timothy 6:7
We actually own nothing! All things belong and are under God’s Sovereignty and control

The Rich and the Kingdom of God

16 Just then a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he inquired.

Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’[c] and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]

20 “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “What do I still lack?”

21 Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

Matthew 19:21

22 When the young man heard this, he went away sad, because he had great wealth.

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly I tell you, it is hard for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of heaven.

24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”

Matthew 19:24

References & reflections

[1] https://www.gotquestions.org/camel-eye-needle.html
[2] https://www.thejoshlink.com/article290.htm
[3] https://parablesreception.blogspot.com/2018/05/the-eye-of-needle-is-not-gate.html
[4] https://johndavies.typepad.com/blog/love-comes-blinking-through-the-needles-eye.html
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matthew_7:13

Dwell All the Days of Our Lives Forever, House of the Lord — Lord Our Shepherd Psalm 23 #3

Psalm 23 New International Version (NIV)

A psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
    he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.

Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Psalm 23:6

References & reflections

[1] https://www.ministrysamples.org/excerpts/DWELLING-IN-THE-HOUSE-OF-THE-LORD.HTML
[2] https://tabletalkmagazine.com/article/2018/08/and-i-shall-dwell-in-the-house-of-the-lord-forever/
[3] https://www.openbible.info/topics/house_of_god

God Gives a King’s Heart: Splendorous Clothing of Majesty — Psalm 21 #3

Psalm 21

1 How the king rejoices in your strength, O LORD!
He shouts with joy because you give him victory.
2 For you have given him his heart’s desire;
you have withheld nothing he requested.

5 Your victory brings him great honor,
and you have clothed him with splendor and majesty.

Psalm 21:5

References & Reflections

[1] https://mightywarrior-mightywarrior.blogspot.com/2015/01/psalm-21.html
[2] https://gracewalk.wordpress.com/2006/06/28/long-live-the-king-psalms-21
[3] https://www.cultivategenerosity.com/single-post/2019/11/25/In-It-to-Win-It
[4] https://www.womansday.com/life/inspirational-stories/g29814517/bible-quotes-about-life/ [5] https://www.learnreligions.com/solomon-and-sheba-117399[6] https://www.learnreligions.com/king-solomon-wisest-man-who-ever-lived-701168

God Gives a King’s Heart: Eternal Life — Psalm 21 #2

Psalm 21

1 How the king rejoices in your strength, O LORD!
He shouts with joy because you give him victory.
2 For you have given him his heart’s desire;
you have withheld nothing he requested.

He asked you to preserve his life,

and you granted his request.

The days of his life stretch on forever.

Psalm 21:4

References & Reflections

[1] https://mightywarrior-mightywarrior.blogspot.com/2015/01/psalm-21.html
[2] https://gracewalk.wordpress.com/2006/06/28/long-live-the-king-psalms-21
[3] https://www.cultivategenerosity.com/single-post/2019/11/25/In-It-to-Win-It
[4] https://www.womansday.com/life/inspirational-stories/g29814517/bible-quotes-about-life/

God Gives a King’s Heart: Gold Crown — Psalm 21 #1

Psalm 21

1 How the king rejoices in your strength, O LORD!
He shouts with joy because you give him victory.
2 For you have given him his heart’s desire;
you have withheld nothing he requested.

3 You welcomed him back with success and prosperity.
You placed a crown of finest gold on his head.

Psalm 21:3

References & Reflections

[1] https://mightywarrior-mightywarrior.blogspot.com/2015/01/psalm-21.html
[2] https://gracewalk.wordpress.com/2006/06/28/long-live-the-king-psalms-21
[3] https://www.cultivategenerosity.com/single-post/2019/11/25/In-It-to-Win-It
[4] https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/22/crowns-hillsong-worship/
[5] https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/22/prize-of-wisdom-beautiful-crown-proverbs-4-3/
[6] https://bibleaboutmoney.finance.blog/2020/01/22/wreath-of-wisdom-crown-prize-proverbs-4-4/

Treasure Map of Wisdom, Word of God — Proverbs 4 #5

Proverbs 4 New International Version (NIV)

Get Wisdom at Any Cost

25 Let your eyes look straight ahead;

    fix your gaze directly before you.

26 Give careful thought to the[c] paths for your feet

    and be steadfast in all your ways.

27 Do not turn to the right or the left;

    keep your foot from evil.

Proverbs 4:25-27

REFERENCES & REFLECTIONS

[1] https://familydiscipleme.org/intro-lesson-gods-word-our-treasure-map/
[2] https://gofollowjesus.com/

Gifts of the Magi #2: Chosen Child Christ Jesus

Matthew 2:1-12

The Pilgrimage of the Magi

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, 2 asking, “Where is the One who has been born King of the Jews? We saw His star in the easta and have come to worship Him.”

3 When King Herod heard this, he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. 4When he had assembled all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired where the Christ was to be born.

5“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

6‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah,
for out of you will come a ruler
who will be the shepherd of My people Israel.’b 

Micah 5:2; see also 2 Samuel 5:2

7Then Herod called the Magi secretly and learned from them the exact time the star had appeared. 8And sending them to Bethlehem, he said: “Go and search carefully for the Child, and when you find Him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship Him.”

9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stood over the place where the Child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced with great delight. 11On coming to the house, they saw the Child with His mother Mary, and they fell down and worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh[8].

12And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they withdrew to their country by another route.

References & Reflections

[1] https://biblehub.com/matthew/2-11.htm
[2] https://aleteia.org/2018/01/07/what-do-the-3-gifts-of-the-magi-symbolize/
[3] https://aleteia.org/2018/01/07/why-did-the-magi-bring-gifts-of-gold-frankincense-and-myrrh/
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biblical_Magi
[5] https://reasonsforhopejesus.com/significance-of-the-three-kings-gifts/
[6] https://www.gotquestions.org/gold-frankincense-myrrh.html
[7] https://www.gotquestions.org/three-wise-men.html
[8] John 19:39 https://biblehub.com/commentaries/john/19-39.htm
[9]  Psalm 72:11
[10] https://www.amazon.com/Holy-Gifts-Meaning-Frankincense-Myrrh/dp/1462116442
[11] https://www.guidedspace.com/single-post/2017/10/07/The-Miracle-Prayer
[12] https://www.reformedworship.org/article/september-1992/canticles-christmas-singing-songs-zechariah-mary-angels-and-simeon

Isaiah 9:6 New Living Translation (NLT)

For a child is born to us,
    a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
    And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor,[a] Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6
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