The imagery of Psalm 24 tends to be lost on us in the 21st century. We no longer see the gates of the city closed, and the doors of the castle barred against unwelcome intruders.
Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you 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, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The LORD Almighty— he is the King of glory. – Psalm 24:7-10
Through the eyes of David, we can picture the scene; the battle has been hard, but now the victorious king returns with his triumphant army. The city waits in expectation; everyone stands in readiness, straining their eyes for the first sign of the returning army. Suddenly, the cry is heard, the king is near. Slowly the gates begin to rise and in the distance clouds of dust accompany the thundering of the horses’ hooves. Then, suddenly, there he is–the king; the crowd bursts into shouts and cheers of joy, as he passes through the castle gates.
Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory.
David extends this calls to every single person on earth. He calls us to lift up our heads and open the gates of our heart that the King of Glory may come in. What are you looking at today? Are you walking around with your head down, focused on the things of this world or are you looking up to Heaven and waiting for the arrival of King Jesus?
“Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” John 12:15