Psalm 24: Living with God

What gives God the right to claim ownership of Earth and every living thing?

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Psalm 24:1–2 A song of David.
The earth belongs to God—the entire planet and everything living there. He built it with the seas and rivers.
King James
Psalm 24:1–2 <A Psalm of David.> The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

How is it possible to reach the place where God lives?

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Psalm 24:3–6 Who will climb the Lord’s mountain? Who will live where he lives? Only those whose guilt has been washed away, who have pure motives, who have not been self-serving manipulators. They will enjoy God’s blessing, receiving justice from his deliverance because they seek his will and desire to please him. Pause to think about that.
John 14:2–6 There are many places where you can stay in my Father’s house. I would have told you if that were not true. I must go to make the place ready for you. After I have prepared for your arrival, I will come back for you so we can be there together. You know where I am going, and you know the way.
“No, we don’t,” Thomas said. “Sir, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
“I am the way, the truth, and the life,” Jesus said. “Everyone who reaches the Father goes through me.”
King James
Psalm 24:3–6 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.
John 14:2–6 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Where are the gates to be lifted, the doors thrown open, so our King may enter?

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Psalm 24:7–10 Let the gates be lifted, the doors thrown open, so our glorious King may enter. Who is this King of Glory? He is our God, a strong and might warrior.
Let the gates be lifted, the doors opened wide, so our glorious king may enter. Who is this King of Glory? He is our God, commander of a mighty army. He is our majestic King. Meditate on that for a while.
King James
Psalm 24:7–10 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 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.

How would you describe our King of Glory?

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Psalm 24:7–10 Let the gates be lifted, the doors thrown open, so our glorious King may enter. Who is this King of Glory? He is our God, a strong and might warrior.
Let the gates be lifted, the doors opened wide, so our glorious king may enter. Who is this King of Glory? He is our God, commander of a mighty army. He is our majestic King. Meditate on that for a while.
Ephesians 1:21 In all domains he now stands far above every ruler, authority, and power, his name carrying more weight than anyone in the present age and in all times yet to come.
Philippians 2:9 Therefore, God has promoted Christ to the highest of all positions and has made the name Jesus greater than any other name.
King James
Psalm 24:7–10 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 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.
Ephesians 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: