Who is this King of glory?

As a child, I was constantly asked rhetorical questions. Most of the time, the implications were negative. For example, my mom would say, “Boy, do you want me to come in that room?; You know what will happen if I come back to that school again, don’t you?; Son, you don’t know what you want to do with your life?” In all those situations, the answer was implied thus understood.

In Psalms, another rhetorical question is asked, but the psalmist does not leave it to the hearer to draw a conclusion. Listen to what

Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.

Who is this King of glory? Christ is. Whether the ark entering the tent, Christ entering heaven after His resurrection or Christ being invited into the heart of a man or woman as Savior and Lord, the connotation and implication is the same. Christ is sovereign and reigns supreme. The sooner one recognizes that the better. In fact, the psalmist conveys that those who trust in Christ rather than any other idol will not be ashamed for trusting in Him. Conversely, those who trust in someone or something other than Christ will be ashamed. Listen to what the prophet Isaiah says about those who trust in God versus those who trust in idols.

16 I will bring the blind by a way they did not know;
I will lead them in paths they have not known.
I will make darkness light before them,
And crooked places straight.
These things I will do for them,
And not forsake them.
17 They shall be turned back,
They shall be greatly ashamed,
Who trust in carved images,
Who say to the molded images,
‘You are our gods.’

18 “Hear, you deaf;
And look, you blind, that you may see.

Who is this King of glory? Jesus is not only the King of Kings, but He is also the King of glory, The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Those verses convey important aspects of attributes of Christ. Christ has a host of angelic forces at His disposal to bring about His will. When He arose from the grave, death was defeated. Christ is not fighting death for Himself but for those who have not called on Him as Lord and Savior.

Who is this King of glory? If you have not surrendered to the King of glory, you will be ashamed. The Word of God is clear. Isaiah tells us appropriately, “Hear, you deaf; And look, you blind, that you may see.”


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