Issue #604 ~ March 23, 2020

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Blessing From the Lord
"Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up,you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in."
Psalm 24:7

"Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle."
Psalm 24:8

Verse 7: "Lift up your heads, O you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in."

Revelation 3:20: '"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and he with Me'" (NASB)

C. H. Spurgeon said: "' Let the King of Glory come in!' Oh! let this true saying of the faithful and true witness be your encouragement..."

What a spectacular triumph song! "The King of glory" is coming in!

1 Peter 5:4: "And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory" (NASB).

This truly is the triumph song of the ages.

I take it that the Psalm records 5 different possibilities for the "King of glory" that is being described here: (1) when David brings the Ark to Jerusalem to dwell in the tent; (2) "Palm Sunday when Christ comes riding into Jerusalem on a donkey; (3) His ascension into glory; (4) when we let Christ come into our hearts; and (5) when Christ comes to set up His eternal kingdom.

O Lord, haste the day when faith shall be sight! Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven! Lord, may the shout be heard around the world! Hallelujah! The Lord God, the Almighty reigns! And He shall reign forever and forever!

Verse 8: "Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle."

Verse 8 opens with a question: "Who is this king of glory?" Then the remainder of the verse gives us the answer. The "King of glory" is "The Lord" and He is characterized in 3 ways: (1) "strong"; (2) "mighty"; and (3) "mighty in battle."

I find myself with such joy and anticipation. I feel somewhat like singing Bill Gaither's great song "The King is Coming." I have chosen for us, however, this morning to express our praise and adoration to the Lord by singing "Jesus Shall Reign."

Psalm 72:8: "He will rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth" (NIV).

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Praises & Prayer Requests

1.   Pray: that you may walk in a manner worthy of the God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:12 (NASB)

2.   Praise:  He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. Daniel 7:14 (NIV)

3.   Pray:  ...that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, so that you may fear the Lord your God forever.
Joshua 4:24 (NASB)

4.   Praise:  Bless the Lord, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! Psalm 103:20 (NASB)

5.  Pray: Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time. 1 Peter 5:6 (NASB)

6.   Pray:  Thank you for the many gifts to provide Bibles and study materials to complete inmates requests. The need is so great.
Join me in singing verses 1 and 4 of "Jesus Shall Reign" :

Jesus shall reign where'er the sun Does his successive journeys run;
His kingdom spread from shore to shore, Till moons shall wax and wane no more.

People and reals of ev'ry tongue Dwell on His love with sweetest song,
And infant voices shall proclaim Their early blessings on His name.
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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