Keep your head lifted high!
Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah – Psalm 24:7-10
This psalm would have been used to welcome in the ark of the covenant into the temple. Can you imagine the scene as the ark was brought from the house of Obed Edom to the place prepared for it? There was great rejoicing and sacrifice every step of the way. We don’t see such large outward expressions of corporate worship these days.
This was mirrored by the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem but they didn’t really know who He was.
And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?” – Matthew 21:10
Soon Jesus would make the ultimate sacrifice on the cross and everyone would know His name. The world would be changed forever, because of His death, burial and resurrection.
However, this also carries a future perspective, where we will once again welcome Jesus, who is God incarnate, into the human sphere. The church is Christ’s bride and we are the ones who welcome Him in.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. – Revelation 3:20.
God is happy to come in when welcomed by His people. The gospel is based on humans opening the gates of their hearts to Jesus, so that He will dwell there.
Until the return of our conquering king, we know who we have in our hearts, He is the king of glory, the lord strong and mighty, the lord mighty in battle. One day every knee will bow to Him and every tongue confess. Until then, don’t be down hearted or tired in the waiting, but keep your heads lifted high and receive all He is into your life today.