Lift Up Your Gates (2)

I assigned the same verses to two people without realizing it, so here is reflection #2 on these verses from Brian:
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.
Psalm 24: 7 – 10 (NIV)
In Japan there are historic gates everywhere. We visited a castle this past week and the gates were as impressive as the high, carefully constructed stone walls, deep moat, and layered towers. Gates are designed to keep out anyone and anything undesirable. Gates can be massive, and they are cleverly designed to allow access yet protect what lies inside them. You often see a smaller door built into the large gate, or in another part of the wall nearby.
Throughout Japan the ancient doors referenced in this passage, the ones that are keeping the King of glory out, are everywhere. They are physically present, but they also exist in the cultural context. The gates on the hearts and minds of too many are massive and cleverly designed. Our lives in Japan are a prayerful effort to get these gates to lift their heads and allow the King of glory in. To find a door, whether it is the main gate, a back door, anything that might be opened. We are weak and our efforts against these intimidating gates seemingly futile, but fortunately, before we despair, verse 8 reassures us that God is strong and mighty. The battle will be His.
~Brian Vander Haak
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