Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah Psalm 24:7-10 NKJV
Jesus is the Lord of hosts. Justin Martyr (AD 100-165) has an interesting commentary on this verse in his Dialogue with Trypho. The question was asked if Jesus was indeed the Lord of Host. Justin uses this text in Psalm 24 to show that King David was referring to the coming Jesus.
but when our Christ rose from the dead and ascended to heaven, the rulers in heaven, under appointment of God, are commanded to open the gates of heaven, that He who is King of glory may enter in, and having ascended, may sit on the right hand of the Father until He make the enemies His footstool, as has been made manifest by another Psalm. For when the rulers of heaven saw Him of uncomely and dishonoured appearance, and inglorious, not recognising Him, they inquired, Who is this King of glory?’ And the Holy Spirit, either from the person of His Father, or from His own person, answers them, The Lord of hosts, He is this King of glory.’
Could it be that if the rulers of heaven failed to recognize Jesus in his lowly estate as a wounded warrior, that we also fail to appreciate the majesty of our Savior?
Open wide your gates that the King of Glory may come in…
- Start with the salvation of your soul. Behold our Savior stands at the door and knocks that He may come in and dine with you. Yes, that king, who conquered death and hell desires to dine with you.
- He has declared you worthy. Don’t shun His invitation for intimacy. Open wide your gates. Give Him full access to all of you. Great joy awaits His coming presence.
- Now is the day. Lots of things are urgent, but fail to measure up to that which is the most important. There is grace for missed opportunities, but missed appointments pass for all eternity. When the bridegroom is present, His presence is a time of great rejoicing.
- He has been granted all authority in heaven and earth. This makes your life within the boundaries of His care. Nothing that happens in your life falls outside of His authority. Your gates, your life, and your world are encompassed within the love of Jesus for you.
- No greater love is this, than a man lay down his life for another. Jesus the wounded warrior died in your place. He has the scars and piercing to prove His commitment and love. Love gives and gives, wooing us to the warmth of full acceptance.
Open wide your gates….Let the loving warrior Jesus come in. The Lord of Hosts is His name.
Blessings Love y’all