I can’t help but think of the hymn: “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates” as we read this psalm. In case you don’t know which hymn it is here is a clip to refresh your memory.
It is a classic Advent hymn, just like this is a classic Advent psalm. The Advent part of it is found in vs.7-10 where we find an invitation to the King of Glory to come in. There is an anticipation that this King of glory is coming and He is coming soon.
I just visited John Faltin. He is walking along with Cheryl and his family in that valley of which Psalm 23:4 speaks. He said he is ready for what comes next, and we believe that what comes next is a judgment from God who declares us Not Guilty! Because the King of glory, Jesus himself, came and died and rose from the grave, he has made us innocent and without blemish, just as He was when He was upon this earth. Our hope is found in vs.5 of this psalm that we will indeed receive vindication from the God of our salvation.
When we speak about Advent, which has already come and gone and now we have Lent on our horizon, we speak about the certainty that Jesus will come again. The coming of the King of glory is something we ought to anticipate and believe that it is actually going to happen. The second coming of Jesus is a part of our belief system and it provides us with an understanding that there will be a new heaven and a new earth when Jesus comes back. It is paired with the promise that we have in Scripture that when we die we will also be given a new body. We can find that in I Corinthians 15. Read it sometime.