Psalm 24:7 is a famous bible passage which has evolved into a formidable battle order over time. We shall look around an aspect of it which says ”Lift up your heads, O you gates…And the King of glory shall come in” in this write up. And I will like us to start by paying a modicum of attention to the word ‘gates’ first.
Gates by description are movable barriers, usually on hinges, closing an opening in an enclosure such as a wall, fence, etc. They come in various shapes and sizes and they are made of materials ranging from flimsy pieces of wood to very tough metals. Their main function is to control the movement of people, goods and materials etc. in and out of the enclosure they are attached to.
While most gates are visible and open freely, a lot of them are invisible and permanently closed. These ‘closed gates’ symbolizes different things to different people. For example, to some, they symbolize extreme situations which have defied all human interventions and they are commonly associated with great discomfort, uncertainty, shame, sorrow, etc. They may even cause death if care is not taken. No doubt, divine intervention is needed to lift them up.
‘Closed gate’ situations are no respecter of persons or generations. Just as they are affecting us in this generation, so did they affect generations before us but the good news is that they can be overcome and we can prove this, by considering some people in the bible who experienced and overcame theirs. I pray that by the time we finish, we shall be well motivated to do something about ours so that the King of glory can come in and save us in Jesus name. Amen.
1. Naaman. Naaman (2 Kings 5:1-14) was a star in the Syrian army but he had leprosy which is a chronic, destructive, restrictive and shameful condition. This disease was his ‘closed gate’ since he couldn’t do much about it. But it finally got lifted up through Prophet Elisha and the King of glory came in and healed him completely. Is disease your ‘closed gate’? If it is then, it shall be lifted up before long and the King of glory shall come in and heal you in Jesus name. Amen.
2. Hannah. Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-20) was a barren woman who suffered lots of ridicule, sorrow and pain in the hands of her co-wife. She was even wrongly labelled a drunk by their Priest at a point. Unquestionably, barrenness was her ‘closed gate’ but it got lifted up eventually through the instrumentality of the Priest and she gave birth to a unique son, called Samuel. Is barrenness also your ‘closed gate’? If it is, it shall be lifted up and the King of glory shall come in and give you a top-notch child in Jesus name. Amen.
3. Joseph. Joseph (Genesis Chapters 37-50) was a lovely lad destined to rule the world but he ran into loads of stumbling blocks which made his journey through life extremely tough and frustrating. Stumbling blocks were his ‘closed gate’! However, it was lifted up in the end and the King of glory came in and catapulted him from prison to power. Are stumbling blocks your own ‘closed gates’? If they are, they shall be lifted up and the King of glory shall come in and make life easier for you in Jesus name. Amen.
4. The Widow in Elisha’s time. According to biblical account (2 Kings 4:1-7), the widow’s husband left a huge debt for her to settle. Meanwhile, the creditors were on her neck and they wanted to take her sons away into servitude and she couldn’t do anything to save them. Certainly, debt was her ‘closed gate’ and she needed urgent divine intervention to lift it up. This intervention soon came through Prophet Elisha who showed her the way out using her business and she made so much profit from it, that she paid off her husband’s debt with ease and yet, she had more than enough left for herself and her sons to live on from that time on. Is debt your own ‘closed gate’? If it is then, it will be lifted up in the name of Jesus, and the King of Glory shall come in and set you free. Amen.
5. Matthew. Matthew was a tax collector and a great sinner. Hence, sin was his ‘closed gate’ and it would have killed him (Romans 6:23) if not for Jesus Christ who raised it up and made him one of His prized disciples. Is your life reeking with the ‘closed gate’ of sin? If it is then, you are not likely to prosper in life (Proverbs 28:13) unless you confess and forsake them. Please do so right now and Jesus will forgive you (1 John 1:9) and position you for greatness.
Friend, as you can see, ‘closed gates’ situations are numerous, common, and diverse in form. But whatever yours is, it shall cease to operate in your life as from this moment in Jesus name. But you need to pray to God, the king of glory, to lift it up without delay first. After that, invite Him to come in and set you free and He will in Jesus name. Amen. Please do not dilly-dally; act swiftly!
Jesus is Lord!