May 23. We Belong to God

Ps. 24:1-25:22

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” David gave tribute to that fact as he declared, “The earth is the Lord’s and all its fullness…” That statement includes man and all of his presumed possessions. God in His majesty can be approached, but the psalmist noted certain restrictions placed upon who can come into His presence. The King of glory whether the God of Glory who appeared before Abraham or the Lord of glory who was later crucified for the sins of man is portrayed as being a mighty warrior in battle. Those who follow the glorious King will defeat their enemies.

The psalmist shifted from praising God to pleading with Him. He began with a personal prayer for strength, deliverance from his enemies and mercy in the forgiveness of past sins. Interspersed within his pleas was praise for God’s goodness. He concluded his psalm with further pleas for mercy, forgiveness and strength. David not only considered his own needs as he prayed, but also expressed his care and concern for his people, Israel.