9th December 2011

Open Up

“Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.”
Psalm 24:9 (NIV UK)

Have you visited a castle or a fortress? They can be impressive, especially those with a moat and a drawbridge.

In the Bible, God is sometimes likened to a mighty fortress in which we can find strength and refuge. The passage above is not discussing that idea. Rather the thought is that we raise the gates of our own strongholds in order to let the King of Glory in.

Let’s face it: we all have our personal defences that keep others out or at a distance. We are afraid of being hurt so we build walls around ourselves. We like our comfort zones and don’t want people to invade our space. Let’s not lower the drawbridge or raise the gates lest an enemy come in.

God, however, is not an enemy. Jesus laid down his life for us, his friends. Through faith each of us is called God’s friend, as Abraham was (James 2:23). Yet sometimes we act as if God is against us. We fight against his influence in our lives. We resist his Holy Spirit. We arm our battlements to fend off his thoughts. Sometimes we take refuge from God in other strongholds instead of taking “captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

King David understood well the imagery of “raising the gates”. He had his physical fortresses. Sometimes his own life became a place for God and at other times the doors were shut firmly to keep God out. Thus he desires, in a moment of prayerful reflection, to lift up “the ancient doors…that the King of glory may come in”.

“Who is he, the King of glory? The LORD almighty – he is the King of Glory” (Psalm 24:10).

Let’s be like David and open up to God.

Father, I know that I resist you too often. I am like a castle that won’t lower its defences to let in your Son, the King of glory. Help me by your Spirit to open the door to my life and let Christ come in. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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