The king returned from war riding on horseback with his army riding behind him. He was returning to the castle after a long time at war.
He loved his people. He fought for them. He protected them. His soldiers praised him for his glory, but it was a glory he wished to share with them and all the people of the kingdom.
He sent messengers ahead to warn the castle of his arrival. He mourned the loss of those that fought by his side but died in his service. He did not want a celebration of his arrival out of respect for those who had died.
They reached the castle and saw that the gate was closed. Twelve soldiers with horns stood at attention. They announced the king’s arrival.
Suddenly the gate opened. The king was grateful that his people had not planned a celebration. He led his soldiers on through the gate.
Inside, however, he saw them. The people knelt down in silence with their hands on their hearts. Many had tears in their eyes.
The king stepped down from his horse. He helped an old woman to her feet. She was crying.
“Why do you weep?” asked the king.
“I weep with tears of joy, not sorrow. My heart is full of gratitude for all that you have done for us,” she said.
“Three cheers for the king of glory!” the king heard from the gate.
“Hooray! Hooray! Hooray!” they shouted.
“Lift up your heads, O gates; be lifted, you ancient portals, that the king of glory may enter.
Who is this king of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in war.
Lift up your heads, O gates; rise up, you ancient portals, that the king of glory may enter.
Who is this king of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the king of glory.”Psalm 24:7-10
- Why did the king ask his people not to celebrate his arrival?
- Why was the king worthy of glory?
- What has God done for you? Why should you give him glory?
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