Today I’ve given you extracts from Psalm 24, through photos from my holiday in the North Yorkshire Moors in England in 2013.  This is partly in response to “Blogging 101: Day 19 Today’s assignment: build your storyteller’s toolbox by publishing a post in another format or a style you’ve never used before”  I’ve also referenced another website in my photo which I hope to get up and running within the next 10-14 days.

Psalm 24: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.”  This is a call to honour God and those He has created which includes each one of us.

Psalm 24v1 The earth is the Lord's and everything in it (Photo of Fields, harvest, blue sky)

“For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths.”  God gave us a firm foundation and a largely unseen one.

Psalm 24v2 For he laid the earth's foundations on the sea and built it on its ocean depths (photo of sea and harbour at Whitby)

“Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place?” In the Old Testament, it was human effort that sought to gain access to God, now we can enter by God’s grace through Jesus Christ’s death on the cross and resurrection to new life.

Psalm 24v3  Who may ascend the mountain of the lord, who may enter in his holy place (Photo of Whitby harbour)“Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies.”  Jesus made it possible for us to live holy lives by sending the Holy Spirit.  He also clothes us with His own righteousness so that we can access our Heavenly Father.

Psalm 24v4 Only those whose hearts and hands are pure who do not worship idols and who do not lie (Photo of Whitby harbour with reflections of houses and boats on the water)

“They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their saviour.  Such people may seek you and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob.”  We are blessed by God and can walk and talk with Him daily.

Psalm 24v5 They will enter the Lord's blessing and have a right relationship with God their saviour (photo of sun set looking out to sea at Whitby)

“Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter.  Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty; the Lord, invincible in battle.  Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter.  Who is the King of glory? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies— he is the King of glory.”  God could smash apart the doors of our heart and demand our attention, instead He asks us to choose Him of our own free will and open the door to our lives.  Just like He gave us the “Tree of Life” and the “Tree of Knowledge” in the Garden of Eden, today He gives you and me free will and asks, “Who will you choose?”

Open up you ancient gates, Open you you ancient doors and let the king of glory enter (photo of gateways at Castle Howard, England)


 © Michelle Sherlock 2014 These photos are all my own.  The website highlighted on the photos is not yet up and running. 

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