“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it …” (Psalm 24:1 NIV). What a powerful statement. The musicians and singers of this psalm-song had to have jumped into this rousing declaration, punching it from the start. I can imagine clapping and dancing, because (as I would sing it) “he made it all and it’s all his, he made us all and we’re all his, bup bup ti da da.”
The middle verses contain a promise about who gets to be close to God, and then the final verses, like a song’s chorus that just won’t die, are repeated.
“Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in” (both verses 7 and 9). I think “lifting up” means to lift up the crossbeam that holds the gate shut. At any rate, it’s clear the gates should be prepared for the King to enter.
In verses 8 and 10 the question is asked and the answer given twice. “Who is this King of glory?” or “Who is he, this King of glory?”
I can see this being chanted back and forth between two groups, building up to a crescendo. “The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle” and “The Lord Almighty – he is the King of glory!”
by Kathy Sheldon Davis