Robert at Daily Athens is restarting our PsalmChallenge after a summer break.
We are up to Psalm 24. You are welcome to join in and try your hand at illustrating a verse (or all the verses) every Sunday.
I repost mine from last June (before I knew we were out on vacation), but it's OK--this great Psalm deserves repetition.
P S A L M 24
1 A Psalm of David.
The earth is the LORD's and the fulness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein; 2 for he has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers.
.3 Who shall ascend the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the LORD, and vindication from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. [Selah]
7 Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O everlasting doors! that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is the King of glory? The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O everlasting doors! that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory! [Selah]
I cannot read these verses without hearing the cantor singing them half a century ago in the synagogue of my youth in Chicago. The whole congregation would sing the stirring words in Hebrew as the doors of the Holy Ark were opened, revealing the Torah scrolls.
UPDATE: Dr. Ray Vander Laan explains why the Hebrew gate heads had to be lifted up in a short but great video filmed in Egypt. Recommended!