Verse 9. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. The words are repeated with a pleasing variation. There are times of deep earnest feeling when repetitions are not vain but full of force. Doors were often taken from their hinges when Easterners would show welcome to a guest, and some doors were drawn up and down like a portcullis, and may possibly have protruded from the top; thus literally lifting up their heads. The picture is highly poetical, and shows how wide heaven's gate is set by the ascension of our Lord. Blessed be God, the gates have never been shut since. The opened gates of heaven invite the weakest believer to enter.
Dear reader, it is possible that you are saying, "I shall never enter into the heaven of God, for I have neither clean hands nor a pure heart." Look then to Christ, who has already climbed the holy hill. He has entered as the forerunner of those who trust him. Follow in his footsteps, and repose upon his merit. He rides triumphantly into heaven, and you shall ride there too if you trust him. "But how can I get the character described?" say you. The Spirit of God will give you that. He will create in you a new heart and a right spirit. Faith in Jesus is the work of the Holy Spirit, and has all virtues wrapped up in it. Faith stands by the fountain filled with blood, and as she washes therein, clean hands and a pure heart, a holy soul and a truthful tongue are given to her.
EXPLANATORY NOTES AND QUAINT SAYINGS
Verse 7-10. See Psalms on "Psalms 24:7" for further information.
Verse 7-10. -- See Psalms on "Psalms 24:7" for further information.
Verse 7-10. -- See Psalms on "Psalms 24:7" for further information. James Scott.
HINTS FOR PASTORS AND LAYPERSONS
Verse 7-10. --
- His title -- the Lord of hosts.
- His victories, implied in the expression. The Lord strong and mighty in battle.
- His mediatorial title, The King of glory.
- His authoritative entrance into the holy place.
John Newton's "Messiah."