Lift Up Your Heads!

Lift up your heads, O you gates
Psalm 24:7-10

Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates!
Lift up, you everlasting doors!
And the King of glory shall come in.
 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory.

 

When I was twelve I read The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien for the first time (and not the last). Anyone who knows me well knows that this trilogy is my favorite piece of “modern” literature. I think I love it because of the heroic deeds accomplished by humble characters. Aragorn, the true king, refuses to enter the city until victory has been accomplished. He comes first as a healer and then later to triumphantly be crowned king.

“Then Faramir stood up and spoke in a clear voice: ‘Men of Gondor, hear now the Steward of this Realm! Behold! One has come to claim the kingship again at last. Here is Aragorn son of Arathorn, chieftain of the Dúnedain of Arnor, Captain of the Host of the West, bearer of the Star of the North, wielder of the Sword Reforged, victorious in battle, whose hands bring healing, the Elfstone, Elessar of the line of Valandil, Isildur’s son, Elendil’s son of Númenor. Shall he be king and enter into the City and dwell there?’
…… And all the host and all the people cried yea with one voice…”

I took the liberty of rewriting this scene for when our True King returns. He came to us first as a tiny baby and a humble healer. One day he will ride into the city as Victor of our hearts.

Then a clear voice rang out: “People of the earth, behold! One has come to claim the kingship again at last. Here is the Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Most High God, Ruler of God’s Creation, the Morning Star, Lion of the Tribe of Judah, Author and Perfecter of our Faith, the Redeemer, the Refiner, our Refuge and our Rock, Seed of Abraham, Root of David, Holy One of Israel, the Way, the Truth, and the Light of the World, King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory!”

And all the earth bowed and every tongue confessed that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father!
~Leslie Drury

 

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