Shalom, everyone! Psalm 24 is traditionally recited as the “psalm of the day” (Shir Shel Yom) for the first day of the week (Yom Rishon), which corresponds to Sunday on the Gregorian calendar. The psalm is recited at the end of Sunday Shacharit (morning) prayer services. According to tradition, Psalm 24 was read by the Levites in the Temple on the first day of the week because of it’s relation to the first day of Creation. All the earth belongs to The Almighty because He created it, and everything in it.
Psalm 24 was written by David, King of Israel. This psalm reminds us of The Almighty‘s holiness and the holiness He requires of those who serve Him. Only those with clean hands and a pure heart may approach His holy mountain or His holy place. Those who serve The Almighty purely and wholeheartedly will receive a blessing from The Almighty, and a reward and salvation at the time of judgment. The modern Hebrew word “tzedakah” is often translated as “righteousness” in the English, however, a better translation is “reward” or “charity.” David wanted to build the First Holy Temple for The Almighty. He even gathered the materials necessary for its construction. Though The Almighty appreciated the gesture, He did not reward David with the task. This was because David was a “man of war” who had “shed blood” (1 Chronicles 28:3).
Psalm 24 also reminds us of The Almighty‘s glory, majesty, and might. Y-H-W-H is the “King of Glory” and no one else. He leads His heavenly armies in battle. Nothing can withstand His power and might.
The following is our video about Psalm 24 in English, adapted from the Jewish Publication Society (JPS) 1917 version of the Tanakh:
Shir Shel Yom: Yom Rishon – Psalm 24 – Apr 05 2020
Video from Bnei Yisrael Society/YouTube