This weekend, I am attending a large-scale expo in the American Midwest. Cars line up for miles, waiting for the gates to open. Once the fair begins, folks queue up to step inside the pavilions for the most popular programs. Perhaps the longest wait and the most elbow-jostling takes place just outside the entry to the venue where a giant merchandise sale takes place. People pack the hallway, shuffling inch-by-inch towards the metal grated gate, eagerly watching for it to lift upwards and out of the way.
The anticipation can be contagious.
“Open up the gate!” folks call out.
So said the Psalmist, only he wasn’t talking about spectators or shoppers or fairgoers. He pointed to the King of glory, the Lord of hosts, the God of the universe. Here, David described the procession of the Ark of the Covenant, as it was carried into Jerusalem, the city of David and the holy city of Zion.
“Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.” (Psalm 24:7-8, NIV)
It almost reminds us of a classic scene in a knightly movie, in which the king’s or queen’s subjects would shout, “Make way! Make way for the royal one!”
At the same time, this verse seems to point prophetically to the Lord Jesus, riding forth into Jerusalem on the donkey colt, as the people shouted, “Hosanna!” It also foreshadows His triumphant return, which we eagerly anticipate.
God is noble.
The Lord Almighty is high above all else. His Son Jesus is the King of Kings. His Spirit is Holy. No one is nobler – or ever could be. Will we open up the gates of our hearts, making way for the victorious King of glory to enter there as well?
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