TRUE MORAL GOVERNMENT AT LAST
"The earth is Jehovah's, and the fullness thereof" Psa. 24:1
That is the fundamental note in the music of this song. Everything which follows must be interpreted by its message. If this Psalm was written—as it most probably was—for the occasion when the ark of God was taken into the city of the great king, and placed in the tent which David had prepared for it, the singer saw in that ceremony the symbol of greater things. These first words assert THE SOVEREIGNTY OF JEHOVAH OVER THE WHOLE EARTH. Everything is His by CREATIVE RIGHT. This truth is quoted by Paul in 1 Cor. 10:26, 28. Then, some moral deflection, some necessity for the exercise of executive power, is recognized by the questions as to who shall ascend into the hill of Jehovah. The answer to the question constituted a revelation of the fact that THE GOVERNMENT OF THE EARTH must be established on a MORAL FOUNDATION. The One Who is described, is set forth wholly in the matter of CHARACTER. Let this be carefully considered. The passage of the description from the use of the singular pronoun to that of the plural, merely sets forth the fact that the generation to be associated with the One must conform to that character and that shall be true of the nation of Israel in the end. The song immediately returns to the contemplation of the One, Who is now designated the King of Glory. His glory is that of those moral excellence’s already described. In these He is "strong and mighty in battle" and He proves that in the great final battle on this earth spoken of in Rev. 20:8. By this strength He passes to the place of power; in this might He overthrows all His foes; and gains, or regains, His true and rightful place of rule over the earth, and the fullness thereof: The HOLINESS OF THE KING is at once the secret of His strength in government, and the principle of His might in redemption being displayed mightily in the end with war being ended with its effects (Rev. 21:4).