Friday: 26th October, 2018
Reference text: Psalm 24
Psalm 24:9 Lift up your heads, O gates, And lift them up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in!
However nice we may be, the little pride we have does not allow us to sit back and do nothing while people call us names to our face. The language of scripture has always been rich in metaphors that seek to deepen the meaning of words we would otherwise just gloss over. There is therefore, the tendency to get offended on some occasions like today, where the language of scripture might be seen as ‘insulting’ if the understanding of its content is unknown.
Gates in their own right, should not be able to lift their heads, thus the Psalmist does not speak to ‘gates’, but to us who are symbolically referred to as gates. If so, then the adjective ‘ancient’ seems uncalled for; in fact, it appears a clear devaluation of our status. How can we be classified as old doors? Why a description that connotes a need for oiling and renovation to restore us to minimum functionality? Why ancient?
We are called ancient because we are dull of hearing, slow in seeing and even slower in perceiving. Not only do we need oiling: we also need polishing, painting and a new makeover to improve our functionality. But let’s not get carried away by those restorative works because more importantly, every gate serves one of two purposes: ‘to allow things in’ or ‘to keep things out’
Today, ‘as gates’ we are called upon to embrace the function of ‘allowing in’. However, it is not just to admit anything or anyone, but the King of glory. Sweetheart, God stands at the door of our hearts knocking; let us open wide to allow him in.
Remember # we can become channels of God’s goodness and his graces if we actually open up and let him in.