KJV - 7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
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✿ Doors in Ps. 24: Doors refer to future eternal doors or entrances to the eternal temple (Ezek. 43:5) and the eternal city (Rev. 21:9-27). ✿ Gates in Ps. 24: Gates refer to the entrance of The holy place, i.e., the capital building of Christ (Ezek. 43:5; 48:1-35) and to the heavenly city (Heb. 12:22-23).
Psalm 24 is a very difficult piece of poetry, penned by King David, to decipher. That's what makes it a favorite of many people. When the word has to be read and reread, pondered and prayed about, it is a greater blessing to those who truly seek to know the Lord. David starts by making it clear who it was who built and established the planet and put the people on it, who is thereby the undisputed owner of all that is in it. The earth is the Lord's and all who dwell therein. This is an introduction, the establishing of a truth that stands guard over the rest of this story. He then gets to the heart of the matter. He asks in verse 3 "who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? And who may stand in His holy place"? He's saying that God is in a high and holy place that just any and everybody, the people whom he has said in verse one was put here by God, can't just assume that they can simply go before Him at will. He answers his own question. He says in verse 4 that he who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not sworn deceitfully, (lied) can just walk right in. We know that only describes one man, the man Jesus, and no one else ever born. Jer 17:9 says the rest of our hearts are deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. So he couldn't be speaking of us as ever being able to ascend into the hill of the Lord. Verse 6 lends some clarity, he tells us who the people are who seek the Lord in this way, trying to attain clean hands and a pure heart. Jacob (Israel) David's fellow citizens were the object of his writing. Then he gives them (and us by extension) some hope. He tells them to " lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up O ancient doors." Translation: Israel you are the gates and you are the doors for the rest of the world to come before the King of glory. Keep your heads up, don't despair. If not for you there would be no way to the King. If you continue to wash your hands and purify your hearts, there will be One to come from you who will come in to you. You won't have to ascend to His holy place, He is going to humble himself and descend from His holy place and come in to you (Phil 2:6-8). He says it twice to make sure they get the point. Israel is the gates and doors. And we too are Israel. For they are not all Israel which are of Israel (Romans 9). They which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God: but the children of the promise are counted for the seed. Lift up your heads, O ye gates, And be lifted up, Ye everlasting doors, And the King of glory will come in! Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.
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