A Season of Psalms: Psalm 24: 7-10
“Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O 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. Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!”
English Standard Version (ESV)
I recently saw a welcome mat that caught my attention: “There’s no place like home, so go there.” Although it caused me to chuckle, I came to the realization that we’ve become very careful about whom we allow into our homes. By the tone on the welcome mat, it’s clear that you’re not welcome here for very long, if at all.
Psalm 24 lays down the welcome mat for the King of glory. Christ, this King of glory, is marching toward Jerusalem to reign as King of kings and Lord of lords. This is a triumphal procession such as the world has never seen. This psalm was traditionally used in corporate worship, with different sides or groups of people echoing the question and the answer: one group would ask “Who is this King of glory?” Another would respond, “The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.” As the King of glory approaches the city, probably the watchman at the city wall says, “Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in!” Then the King enters the city to establish His dominion.
Theologian F.B. Meyer says this psalm is “accomplished in us when Jesus enters our hearts as our King to reign, and it will have its full realization when the earth and its population welcome Him as its Lord.” Have you opened the doors of your heart to receive the King of glory? He wants to come in!
Further Reading: Revelation 22: 12-16; 1 Timothy 6:11-16
Pray with me:
King of glory, You are welcome in my heart. The doors of my heart are open, ready to receive the King of kings and Lord of lords. Come, Lord Jesus, come. In Your name I pray, Amen.