Psalms 24* Concerning the kingdom of Christ, and the subjects of thatkingdom. (1-6) Concerning the King of that kingdom. (7-10)1-6 We ourselves are not our own; our bodies, our souls, arenot. Even those of the children of men are God's, who know himnot, nor own their relation to him. A soul that knows andconsiders its own nature, and that it must live for ever, whenit has viewed the earth and the fulness thereof, will sit downunsatisfied. It will think of ascending toward God, and willask, What shall I do, that I may abide in that happy, holyplace, where he makes his people holy and happy? We make nothingof religion, if we do not make heart-work of it. We can only becleansed from our sins, and renewed unto holiness, by the bloodof Christ and the washing of the Holy Ghost. Thus we become hispeople; thus we receive blessing from the Lord, andrighteousness from the God of our salvation. God's peculiarpeople shall be made truly and for ever happy. Where God givesrighteousness, he designs salvation. Those that are made meetfor heaven, shall be brought safe to heaven, and will find whatthey have been seeking. 7-10 The splendid entry here described, refers to the solemnbringing in of the ark into the tent David pitched for it, orthe temple Solomon built for it. We may also apply it to theascension of Christ into heaven, and the welcome given to himthere. Our Redeemer found the gates of heaven shut, but havingby his blood made atonement for sin, as one having authority, hedemanded entrance. The angels were to worship him, #Heb 1:6|:they ask with wonder, Who is he? It is answered, that he isstrong and mighty; mighty in battle to save his people, and tosubdue his and their enemies. We may apply it to Christ'sentrance into the souls of men by his word and Spirit, that theymay be his temples. Behold, he stands at the door, and knocks,#Rev 3:20|. The gates and doors of the heart are to be opened tohim, as possession is delivered to the rightful owner. We mayapply it to his second coming with glorious power. Lord, openthe everlasting door of our souls by thy grace, that we may nowreceive thee, and be wholly thine; and that, at length, we maybe numbered with thy saints in glory
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