November 12 | Psalm 24:1-10
Whose Throne Is It?
by Mary Alice McGinnis
Many think that today’s psalm was written by King David when the Ark of the Covenant was brought into Jerusalem.
Do you remember the significance of the Ark of the Covenant? It was the symbol of God’s presence with His Covenant people throughout the Old Testament, beginning in the book of Exodus.
God’s presence, in the form of a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night, rested on the tabernacle, in the Most Holy Place, where no sinful human was allowed to enter without a blood sacrifice.
Inside the Most Holy Place, was the Ark of the Covenant.
On top of the Ark of the Covenant was the “mercy seat.”
The holy, divine, glorious presence of the Almighty God filled the tabernacle, and came to rest on mercy seat between the golden cherubim, on top of the Ark.
On the day of Atonement, the blood of an animal sacrifice was sprinkled on the "mercy seat." In a sense, it was the place where God's heavenly throne room broke through and was brought to earth.