My Own Man – Psalms 23-24

            “He’s a self-made man!” “I’m my own man!” “I did it my way!” These are not uncommon phrases, but they are in direct contrast to the teachings of God’s Word.

            Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. (NIV) Not one of us is out own; we belong to our Creator, along with all the rest of creation. I love the song written by John Peterson, “He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, the wealth in every mine. He owns the rivers and the rocks and rills, the sun and stars that shine. Wonderful riches more than tongue can tell—He is my Father so they’re mine as well. He owns the cattle  on a thousand hills—I know that He will care for me.” Everything is God’s.

            But how are we to approach Him? Who may approach Him? “Who may ascend the hill of the Lord? Who may stand in His holy place?” (Psalm 24:3 NIV) Who can approach the Creator of the Universe, who holds the world in His hands? I would feel very uncomfortable approaching the President, yet his children have no fear or trepidation in walking right up to him. “He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol, or swear by what is false.” (Psalm 24:4 NIV) “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received a Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” (Romans 8:15 NIV) We can “approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16 NIV) As beloved children we can come to Him and say, “Daddy (Abba), help me!”

            But He’s not only the Creator and our Abba. He’s also the King. “Lift up your heads, O gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates; lift them up you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is H, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty—He is the King of Glory!” (Psalm 24:7-10 NIV)

            Out Lord, the Creator, our Abba Father, He is the King of Glory, and we are His!

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