Lift up your heads, O 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, O 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.
According to Matthew Henry’s commentary, this passage can refer to several events in Scripture from the bringing of the ark into the tent David erected for it or the temple Solomon built for it to His second coming in all His glorious majesty and power. One of the meanings talks about Jesus entrance into heaven after He conquered death and rose again and now has ascended and has found the gates shut. Because He has conquered death and made atonement for sin, He has the authority to demand that the gates to heaven be opened. Who is this King of glory that has demanded entrance…He is the Lord Almighty, strong and mighty. This is why we can pray to Him with assurance that He is able to do exceedingly more than we can ask or imagine. This is why we can believe what He says is true. He is the King of glory.
David Crowder sings a song, Lift Your Head Weary Sinner, reminding us that no one can outrun God and whatever you have done can’t overcome the power of the blood. It’s a plea to the lost and wandering to come stumbling in like a prodigal child…see the gates start crumbling, let the gates of glory open wide.
Jesus not only had the authority to demand the gates be opened for His own entrance back into heaven, He has the authority to open up the gates of glory to all who call on His name. We who have had the gates of glory opened to us have authority to approach the throne of grace with freedom and confidence, knowing we will be heard and accepted. We know it is God’s desire that all be saved and that it is His desire that we pray for Him to have mercy and to go to battle for the ones we want to see living in the light of His glory.
So, as you pray this week, think about the authority that Jesus had when He demanded entrance back into heaven and the authority we have to come straight to the throne of God and tell Him what we want Him to do for His Kings kids. We want the gates of glory to be opened wide for them. We want to see the walls start crumbling. We want them to return to their Father who loves them unconditionally. Jesus conquered death and He has overcome. Jesus is mighty to save…not only from hell, but from a destructive life; from the lies they believe and the lies the enemy and the world tells them; and from themselves. He is the King of glory—strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.