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Eurasia Blog Wednesday Devotion: “Lift Up Your Heads, O Gates!”

The doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg where Luther nailed his 95 Theses.

The doors of the Castle Church in Wittenberg where Luther nailed his 95 Theses.

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! Selah (Psalm 24:7-10 ESV).

David and the worshippers in Jerusalem cry out together in joyful anticipation for the gates of the temple to be opened so that the LORD may enter in. They cry out to the gates themselves, personified in this Psalm, to fling open wide and let the LORD of glory pass into the temple, where they can then receive His gifts and promises.

In the call is hopeful anticipation. In the call is faith and trust that the LORD of glory indeed intends to pass in, to come into the midst of His people in the place He has appointed to do so. In the call is joy in the knowledge that the LORD of glory has entered the gates in the past, and will do so again and again as He has promised.

And surely He has flung wide the gates and entered into the midst of His people. He has done so first by taking on their very flesh and blood, arriving as a child in a manger, and dying upon the cross. He has flung wide the gates of this world and tabernacled Himself among us. He has BECOME the gate that flings wide to let all those who believe in Him enter into the presence of their Lord and Savior.

Now, we as the Church during this time of Advent fling wide the gates — the doors of our church buildings — and proclaim and confess that the LORD surely has entered in. In the place where He has promised to be found, in the ways in which He has promised to give Himself to us, the Lord has surely entered in. He is in the midst of His people in His Divine Service to and for them, speaking absolution through their pastors, flinging wide the gates of heaven for those who were dead in their sins through Holy Baptism, and placing His very body and blood in with and under the bread and wine into the mouths of His faithful people. The LORD has entered in, and the Church continuously and naturally flings wide her doors to all who wait joyfully to enter in, to proclaim peace to those embroiled in wars of whatever kind, to proclaim joy to those in sorrow, to offer life and salvation, to bring all people to the font and to the altar where God Himself, the King of glory, comes in.

Let us Pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You flung wide the gates and tabernacled among us in flesh and blood; continue to fling wide the gates and enter into our broken lives, our churches, the world so that all may know Your gracious love, live in Your promises, and enter into Your Church where You reside graciously as the King of Glory; for You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

  • Last year we did a Season in Song series for Advent and Lent. This year, we’ll be doing a new series for Christmas and Easter, so be sure and stay with us this season to hear favorite hymn selections from some of our missionaries come Christmas and the weeks following.
  • There’s been a corruption in our Wednesday Devotion files, so if you’re looking for a past devotion, please bear with us as we straighten things out.

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