One of the things that set David apart from anyone else was his heart for worship. Even under the restrictions of the Old Covenant, which prevented anyone except the High Priest from entering into God’s presence, David wanted to draw near to the Lord so he figured out a way around the old laws. How? David determined that he would draw near to God from within his own heart, a place that no man could govern! Today, for the person whose heart desires to draw hear to God, there is nothing standing in the way – because of Jesus Christ. But there’s more! David wasn’t content to simply keep his love and intimacy with God to himself – no! He wanted the world to know about the goodness of God. God’s mercy. His faithfulness. His strength and refuge, His protection and more. “Who is this king of glory?” David wrote in Psalm 24.
Thousands of years later, when Jesus was teaching in the synagogue people questioned who Jesus was saying, “Where did this Man get this? What is this wisdom that is given Him, that even miracles are done by His hands? Is this not the carpenter?” (Matthew 6:2-3)
If the world is going to change, it won’t be through miracles, signs and wonders, it’ll be one person at a time, through the testimony of Jesus Christ from people like you.
If only the “city of David” had understood what David was trying to say! When Jesus rode the donkey into Jerusalem, “…the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: ‘Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!'” (Luke 19:37-38) When Jesus asked His disciples, “What about you? Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” and Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 16:15-17)
Only a revelation from God can show the world that Jesus Christ is Lord, that He is the answer to all their questions and the solution to all their problems. And yet, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14) That’s where you come in! “Who is this King of glory?” David cried out in his worship. Why did he cry out? Because the world needed to know! “The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle… Who is He—this King of glory? The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of glory!” (Psalm 24:8-10)
You have a place of calling where God desires you to make the name of Jesus Christ known to all. Are you ministering there? It’s where you work. Where you shop. Where your kids go to school or music lessons or soccer practice. Where you get your oil changed. At your gym. When you get your dog groomed or your hair cut. The entire world that surrounds you is your sphere of influence that God has given you and where He needs you. The testimony of what Jesus Christ has done for you cannot stay inside of you, otherwise you don’t really know who He is because the heart of Jesus Christ is to save the whole world from hell – through you, the living witness of His love, mercy, grace, compassion and salvation. “Who is this King of glory?” Whether or not they realize it, the lost and dying world does want to know the answer to this question – and you have it! Will you hear the questions they aren’t asking? How will you respond?
Thought for today
“Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift up, you everlasting doors, that the King of glory may enter.” David wrote. If the world is going to change, it won’t be through miracles, signs and wonders, it’ll be one person at a time, through the testimony of Jesus Christ from people like you. But first you must draw near and stay close to the Lord in your own heart “that the King of glory may enter”. Because if you don’t really believe it yourself, how can you ever effectively tell someone else of the greatness of God?? “Restore to me the joy of my salvation,” David wrote in Psalm 51:12. God needs you! If you’ve lost the joy of your salvation, seek God! Worship Him anyway since worship isn’t about you, but is ministry to the King of Glory. “Lift up” your eyes to Him, your hands, your heart and your voice so that “the King of Glory may enter”. [Read next: “Lift up Thine Eyes”]
The world needs the answers you have! “Who is this King of glory?” they’ll ask. And as a living witness, you’ll testify and say, “The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle!”