“Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?”
Psalm 24, recorded by the David/Asaph Project. Originally released in 2014 on the Pastoral Psalms album, was revised & remastered in 2016. Duration is 3:23.
Produced by John Piper
Musical composition by David Albracht
Recorded in the Dallas area and Louisiana
Engineered & Mixed by John Piper
Mastered by Pete Maher
Bass – Lou Harlas
Glockenspiel – John Piper
Lead Guitar, Viola – Milo Deering
Percussion – Mike Drake
Rhythm Guitar*, Vocals – David Albracht
* Rhythm Guitar Arrangement by John Piper
Image above: Gérôme, Jean-Léon. Entry of the Christ in Jerusalem. 1897. Oil on canvas. Musée Georges-Garret
Psalm 24, the fourth track of the Pastoral Psalms album, was recorded by the David/Asaph Project during the years 2007-2013. This song features the text of the KJV translation set to new music with all acoustic instrumentation. Song duration is 3:23.
Occasionally referred to as the “King of Glory” song, and also as the “Song of the Ascension”, Psalm 24 was the first song to be recorded for the Pastoral Psalms album. John Piper played and recorded a few takes of rhythm guitar in the studio, but had to discontinue due to interference from a rainstorm. John later arranged guitar musical notation for the song and requested that David Albracht play the arrangement during the recording.
This song was recently arranged for choir (SATB-piano) by Paul Ayres, and is entitled “Psalm 24, The earth is the Lord’s“.
C.H. Spurgeon's Comments on the text of Psalm 24
Title. A Psalm of David. From the title we learn nothing but the authorship: but this is interesting and leads us to observe the wondrous operations of the Spirit upon the mind of Israel’s sweet singer, enabling him to touch the mournful string in Psalm twenty-two, to pour forth gentle notes of peace in Psalm twenty-three, and here to utter majestic and triumphant strains. We can do or sing all things when the Lord strengtheneth us.
This sacred hymn was probably written to be sung when the ark of the covenant was taken up from the house of Obed-edom, to remain within curtains upon the hill of Zion. The words are not unsuitable for the sacred dance of joy in which David led the way upon that joyful occasion. The eye of the psalmist looked, however, beyond the typical upgoing of the ark to the sublime ascension of the King of glory. We will call it The Song of the Ascension.
Division. The Psalm makes a pair with the fifteenth Psalm. It consists of three parts. The first glorifies the true God, and sings of his universal dominion; the second describes the true Israel, who are able to commune with him; and the third pictures the ascent of the true Redeemer, who has opened heaven’s gates for the entrance of his elect.