“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters. Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah”
Psalms 24:1-6 NKJV
Open the gates
There came a point in my spiritual walk when I came to the realization that Jesus must have all of me. Prior to this, I had hide parts of me away, covered and pushed into the corners of darkened spaces deep in my soul. I came to realize, that until I opened up these hidden parts, I would not be as effective in any aspect of ministry.
I had many people that I was praying for, as I wanted everyone I knew to know this Jesus who loved me before I loved Him. One morning, long ago, I heard a sermon by Woodrow Krull on Psalm twenty four. He talked about the ministry of Jesus as intercessor, pleading for the followers of Himself, before the throne of God.
“Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully.”
Psalms 24:3-4 NKJV
Though I desired to pray and reach people for the Lord, my hands were not clean and my heart far from pure. I had many secrets, and much rage, as I harbored deep feelings regarding childhood traumas that had, and have, all but destroyed my life.
I confessed my sins, and I confessed my hurts, allowing the only one who could heal me to approach those areas of my life so damaged and so raw. My gentle Savior knew all of me from the foundation of the world, and He already knew what I had hidden away.
“Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.”
Psalms 24:7 NKJV
Since then, the Lord has established Himself in my most inward parts, and I am His. He has entered in, this King of Glory. And because of Him, in due time I will enter into His Kingdom of Glory.
Psalm twenty four is the great welcoming of the Lord Jesus Christ into glory, victorious. Along with Psalms twenty two and twenty three, this trilogy details Jesus’ payment for for our sins.
Here He is entering Heaven, and in His wake lie sin and death, defeated and discarded. He has claimed victory in the Heavenly temple, and has declared victory in this humble temple of myself, a sinner saved by grace.
Brothers and sisters, let us open up our gates and let the King of Glory come in. Let us do away with those darkened places where we have hidden all of our sins, all of the unpardonable hurts that we have held on to, suffering daily. Let us open up, and let Jesus in, that the Holy Spirit bring healing. In truth, we are hiding nothing for the Lord knows our inward parts.
“O Lord, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it.”
Psalms 139:1-6 NKJV
We are in nearing the zero hour, when salvation by faith will be no more, and judgement will soon come. It is now that we must be readied to go and tell of the Gospel, telling of what the Lord has done for us. May we be people with clean hands and pure hearts, standing before the Lord interceding for those who need the Lord. May we also be blameless as we share with others the victory the Lord won in our lives.
We have been given an opportunity like no other, and even now, we can see and hear that glorious moment, heaven comes to earth, and gates are open.
“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
Let us be focused, daring and desirous to see as many saved as possible.
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