Ancient Gates and Doors

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“Open up, ancient gates!
    Open up, ancient doors,
    and let the King of glory enter.
Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord, strong and mighty;
    the Lord, invincible in battle.
Open up, ancient gates!
    Open up, ancient doors,
    and let the King of glory enter.
Who is the King of glory?
    The Lord of Heaven’s Armies—
    he is the King of glory.” (Psalm 24:7-10 NLT)

When I first read this section from the Bible in my devotions, I just glossed right over it.  But something about these verses caught my eye and so I went back to re-read them.  As I did so, God used them to further open my mind and heart to some truths He has been teaching me lately.

For one, I’ve been opening up my heart again to some old hurts and wounds in my past in order to take time to really work through them properly.  However, these verses from Psalm 24 showed me that I don’t walk this road alone.  I realized that God also desires to break through strongholds in these areas in order for true healing to occur.  I had purposefully (or not) pushed these areas aside thinking I didn’t necessarily need to deal with them anymore.  But God had other plans.

It honestly has been a bit scary and intimidating to open up and enter back through some “ancient gates and doors” I haven’t thought about for a while.  Yet it was also encouraging and empowering to realize if I let God inside these hurting places with me, He will fight the battle for me – as the strong and mighty and invincible “Lord of Heaven’s Armies!”

The song, King of Glory, by Third Day came to mind while writing this post.  After listening to it again, I was able to dig deeper into the lyrics for some more key insights. Here are those lyrics:

“Who is this King of glory that pursues me with His love
And haunts me with each hearing of His softly spoken words
My conscience, a reminder of forgiveness that I need
Who is this King of glory who offers it to me

Who is this King of angels, O blessed Prince of Peace
Revealing things of Heaven and all its mysteries
My spirit’s ever longing for His grace in which to stand
Who is this King of glory, Son of God and song of man

His name is Jesus, precious Jesus
The Lord Almighty, the King of my heart
The King of glory

Who is this King of glory with strength and majesty
And wisdom beyond measure, the gracious King of kings
The Lord of Earth and Heaven, the Creator of all things
Who is this King of glory, He’s everything to me

Through these lyrics I saw, in addition to going into battle for me, Jesus is relentless in his pursuit of me and of my transformation into the person He knows me to be. And that He does so “with strength and majesty and wisdom beyond measure.”  In all this, He is a jealous God who will let nothing stand in the way of my relationship with Him (see Exodus 34:14).

God also offers me grace and forgiveness in areas where I feel I have messed up or been wronged.  If He can give these things to me then surely I can give them to myself and others as well!  (Because sometimes in re-living certain areas of my past, I have the hardest time forgiving myself).

So who is this King of Glory in my life?  His name is Jesus – the King and defender and protector of my heart.  I will seek to remember this truth as I open up some of my “ancient gates and doors” again.  To remember Jesus is with me and I am not alone through the sometimes painful process of healing and transformation.

**I’m linking up with Holley Gerth’s Coffee For Your Heart today.  Click on the image below to find other great posts in the linkup too!**

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