“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”
Psalms 24:7-10 NKJV
I love going through the Psalms. They give me a sense of the true heart of God. In the world we are living in, it is crucial of have at least one thing in life that can be counted on. Through the Bible, I have learned that God is always faithful, and I know that I can count on Him.
Psalm 24 is the third part of a trilogy of messianic psalms that tell of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In Psalm 22, we see the Christ going to the cross, rejected and ridiculed. We sense the price paid and what He suffered that His creation be forgiven.
In Psalm 23, we have the burial, the time when Jesus was in the tomb. It was the valley of the shadow of death, as the payment for our sins had been paid, and God was preparing to show His faithfulness as Jesus rose again. It is a psalm of reflection and promise. We all go through valleys, but those that hope in the Lord know that He is faithful.
Psalm 24 is the fulfillment of the victory, as Jesus has risen, and ascended to heaven. He is received as the victor, having defeated sin and death. He is returning to Heaven, opening the door wide for those who have come to God by faith.
In His dying on the cross He has completed the work, that we could not do ourselves, and we have been granted access to God. We who have called upon Jesus for forgiveness of sins are in Christ, in the King of Glory and with Him we enter in.
I find great peace in knowing this, as I have learned that there are no sureties in life, and uncertainty is the rule. I have learned much in this past year, especially the fact that anything can happen. Through it all I have found great solace in the word of God.
One year from now, I may be sitting in this spot, thinking back on the year 2021. I might be mourning, I might be rejoicing, I might not be here at all. But, regardless of what comes, I will know the faithfulness of God, come what may.
Today, I rejoice in the victory brought by the King of Glory, of His entering in, of His rising out of the grave and ascending, that I have a future and a hope.
Rejoice with me my brothers and sisters, as we prepare for the coming year. Let us enter in, knowing that we already have the victory. Let us rejoice in that great salvation paid for by Jesus, the God/Man, One with the Father.
“For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.”
Colossians 2:9-10 NKJV
Whatever comes at us in the year to come, remember, my people, that Jesus is sovereign. He is in control, and we already know the outcome of the whole story, as Jesus had the victory before the beginning, and will return to reign in the end. Yes, my people, He is coming again!
I find that I am propelled forward into life and ministry by the daily reminder that there is something after this, that there is ultimate victory coming.
Join me in seeking the Lord this year, praying for the saints, and telling of the Good News to all who will hear. I can tell you that God is creating openings for Himself. Let us be faifhful in being about the Father’s business and obediently sharing when we sense the opportunity.
““And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!”
Revelation 22:12-13, 16, 20 NKJV
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