Words from the Heart for Wednesday February 15th, 2017
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.
Psalm 24:7-8 (NKJV)
King of Glory
Our God is a warrior. He is a conquering King. This is an excellent psalm to use as we pray for towns, cities, and nations to open their gates to His approaching Presence. He comes as the mighty King. As King of Glory He will bring salvation and deliverance. What places (or lives) are on your list to pray for today?
In the spring of 1939, just before the beginning of the Second World War, King George VI and his wife Queen Elizabeth, who would become the Queen Mum, visited every province in Canada as well as the Dominion of Newfoundland. The tour lasted from May 17 to June 15 and including a visit to the United States, the first time a British monarch had set foot in that country. The tour was an enormous event, attracting huge crowds at each new city. The royals arrived in Quebec City and travelled west by rail through the country, visiting most of the major cities and finally arriving in Vancouver. After then traveling to the USA, the tour ended with a visit to the Maritimes and Newfoundland, departing from Halifax. It was the first time Canada’s head of state was in Canada for the Victoria Day holiday.
For many centuries people lived in cities with high stone walls and strong gates. It gave a sense of security to those behind the walls and gates. When the enemies were outside, the gates were shut. But when the city’s victorious army came back from the battle the gates were flung open and as the army entered their city, the celebrations began. The Bible uses this analogy in the spiritual sense. God is the great warrior who fights our battles for us. The Bible tells us that even the gates of hell cannot stand against His power. Jesus tore open the gates of hell when He died on the cross and resurrection power was unleashed on the first Easter Sunday. So when Jesus comes into our lives by faith, He does so as the conquering hero of our souls. No wonder King David wrote these words in Psalm 24:7-8: “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.” What a powerful picture of the conquering King Jesus. He fights our battles for us. When we are facing temptation Jesus comes to our aid and gives us the power to walk in victory. Whatever battles you are facing today, allow Jesus to fight for you, and He will come as the conquering king.
These have been words from the heart.