How are Psalm 22 and Psalm 24 related?

Is Psalm 24 the outcome of Psalm 22, when the Lord Jesus defeated Satan at the cross or is it the ascension and the Lord's arrival back in heaven.?

I would say without hesitation that Psalm 24 is the outcome of Psalm 22, but there is a difference. I have no doubt that the Lord Jesus defeated the strong man, Satan, at Calvary, and what a victory that was! In this trilogy of Psalms we have precious truths. Psalm 22 is the Sacrifice, the cross; Psalm 23 is the Shepherd, the crook; Psalm 24 is the Sovereign, the crown.

However, the victory of Psalm 24 is not primarily the defeat of Satan at the cross. The Lord from Bethany went back to heaven (Luke 24:50, 51) and did not require to demand entrance into heaven but was welcomed with these soul stirring words from His Father, "Sit on My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool" (Hebrews 1:13). Psalm 24 is not His reception into heaven but His entrance into the city where He was rejected, crowned with thorns and crucified. That day lies in the future and beyond the rapture of the Church. He will come to the air for His Spouse; He will return to the earth for His Scepter. They refused Him His throne at His first coming, but the purposes of God can never be overthrown, and our Lord Jesus shall reign "from the river unto the ends of the earth." We, as the people of God, should be like David's mighty men who shared his rejection with words of deepest consecration, "Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse." This was the language of loyalty in the dark days of his rejection and they looked forward to the day of his coronation. May we also recognize we are members of His Body and subjects in His coming kingdom!

S .Maxwell (September 1989)