Open the Ancient Doors
Fling wide the gates, open the ancient doors, and the great king will come in. Who is the great king? The Lord Almighty—he is the great king! Psalm 24: 9-10
During this time of Advent, as we prepare to celebrate the coming of our Savior into the world, let’s also prepare for His coming into our hearts in a new and deeper way.
In Bethlehem, the doors were all closed to Mary and Joseph, they ended up in meager surroundings, the only place they were finally let in. Psalm 24 encourages us to fling wide the gates of our hearts to welcome Christ. We are told to open the ancient doors, doors that may have been closed so long they are now rusted shut. We might need patience, outside assistance, or even a little lubrication to get them open. Maybe they will squeak and creak as we open them or stir a lot of dust. That’s okay, we can open them anyway. The dust will settle, the creaks will fade, and the King of our hearts will enter and fill us with his powerful presence and gift of peace.
Prayer: Come in to my heart, Lord. I open it to You.
Reflection for Sharing: What is keeping the doors to your heart shut today? What do you need to open them? How can you get whatever it is you need to help you open them?