Celebrating God’s presence – part 1 (Psalm 24)

We finished our series through 1 Cor 1-4 yesterday, and will begin something new on Monday. (I like starting at the beginning of the week.) So today and tomorrow we’ll have our first edition of “Psalm putty” – we’ll look at Psalm 24 to fill in the gap until the end of the week. This is a psalm all about celebrating the presence of God. Read the Psalm now – it’s only 10 verses.
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Celebrating God’s presence – part 2 (Psalm 24)

Yesterday we began our quick look at Psalm 24, an entrance liturgy which Israel sang as she entered God’s presence. We, too, can use it to focus our minds on the God in whose presence we always are. He is firstly the Creator God, who is worthy of worship because he created the world, and everything in it (v1-2).

Drawing near to the God who is holy

The second part of the psalm begins in verse 3. It functions as a “song of ascent” in which worshippers ascend Zion, God’s holy mountain. It’s in the form of a ritual question-and-answer between worshippers and priest, and talks of the requirements of entering into God’s presence.

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