Issue #605 ~ March 30, 2020

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Lift Up Your Heads
"Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in."
Psalm 24:9

"Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty - he is the King of glory. Selah"
Psalm 24:10
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Verse 9: "Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in."

Verse 9 begins the same way verse 7 began: "Lift up your heads, O you gates."

Steven Lawson says of these 2 verses: "Again the request for entrance comes from those carrying the ark, now just outside the city gates: Lift up your heads, O you gates. For effect, it is repeated, lift them up, you ancient doors. All this heralding occurs so the King of glory may come in. From within the city walls, the question comes, perhaps spoken by the guard of the city gates, Who is he, this King of glory? The answer comes from those carrying and attending the ark, outside the gates, the Lord Almighty - he is the King of glory."

Don Wyrtzen says: "As the ancient doors swung open, the spotlight focused on the King of glory riding through the gates. He was a King of towering stature, strong and mighty in battle, the Warrior of Warriors! No doubt the marching band started to sing and play the song of Miriam and Moses: 'The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name' (Exodus 15:3). What pageantry and excitement they had in their worship! Not lifeless, boring, predictable rituals. They exulted praise to the King of glory."

Wyrtzen then prays: "Lord, teach me to worship You with genuine fervor and vitality. May I be excited by Your presence rather than embalmed by lifeless liturgy."

Verse 10: "Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty - he is the King of glory. Selah"

Verse 10 begins with the question and then concludes with the answer. The question: "Who is he, this King of glory?" The answer: "The Lord Almighty - he is the King of glory."

"The King of glory" is seen coming 5 different times in scripture: (1) when the ark is brought to the tent by David; (2) on Palm Sunday when our Savior rode into Jerusalem; (3) at the time of the ascension into glory when the victorious King arrived home to glory; (4) when we first let Christ come into our hearts; and (5) when Christ comes to set up His kingdom.

Steven Lawson says:
George Fredrick Handel is regarded as one of the greatest composers in the history of the church. His famous oratorio Messiah is the most popular of his works; it has moved countless believers to worship God. This masterpiece was first performed in London on March 23, 1743. On this occasion the king of England, George II, was present. All who attended were deeply moved as they heard this inspiring music and biblical text.

When "The Hallelujah Chorus" was sung, containing the powerful words, "For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth," something unexpected happened. King George II himself rose to his feet in an act of homage. This prompted the entire audience to do the same. They remained standing throughout the entire chorus, recognizing the greatness of heaven's one, true King who reigns over all, even over earthly kings. From that time to the present, it has always been customary to stand during "The Hallelujah Chorus."

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.   Pray:   And your gates will be open continually; They will not be closed day or night, So that men may bring to you the wealth of the nations, With their kings led in procession. Isaiah 60:11 (NASB)
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2.   Praise:  And it is He who changes the times and the epochs; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to wise men, And knowledge to men of understanding. Daniel 2:21 (NASB)
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3.   Pray:  ...which He will bring about at the proper time - He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords;
1 Timothy 6:15 (NASB)
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4.   Praise:  The Lord is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father's God, and I will extol Him. Exodus 15:2 (NASB)
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5.  Pray: ...saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing." Revelation 5:12 (NASB)
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6.   Pray:  Thank you for the many gifts to provide Bibles and study materials to complete inmates requests. The need is so great.
My heart is filled with joy and adoration! Please join me in singing that wonderful hymn "Crown Him with Many Crowns" :

Crown Him with many crowns, The Lamb upon His throne;
Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns All music but its own!
Awake, my soul, and sing Of Him who died for thee,
And hail Him as thy matchless King Through all eternity.

Crown Him the Lord of love! Behold His hands and side,
Rich wounds, yet visible above, In beauty glorified;
All hail, Redeemer, hail! For Thou hast died for me:
Thy praise shall never, never fail Throughout eternity.
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)  

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