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April 15

Heaven’s Gates Opened


“The king of glory shall come in…” —Psalm 24:7


Read Psalm 24


As we read Psalm 24, we need to imagine what it was like when the Ark of the Covenant was brought to the Holy City. A number of priests stood around the ark singing their parts with the chorus of singers upon the city wall. In verses three and four of our Psalm, we read the question and answer posed by the singers. By verse 7, the song moves on to involve the entrance of the ark into the city itself.


One chorus of singers stood outside of the city gate and sang: “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.” In response, the chorus within the city gate asked, “Who is this King of glory?” And then the answer rang out: “The LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle” (Psa. 24:8). After repeating this, the gates were opened and the ark was brought into the City of David.

This Psalm points us to the Lord Jesus Christ. He saw that the gates of heaven were closed to man, but through His suffering, death, and resurrection, He opened them. Christ, the King of Glory, had the perfect right to enter in: He presented His life as an offering for sin to His Father. The angels welcomed Him with shouts of joy. In entering into heaven, He became the Forerunner who opens heaven’s gates for His children.


What is the meaning of Christ’s ascension for us?

This devotional was taken from “The Time of Your Life” a daily devotional published by the Youth & Educational Committee of the FRC. To order a printed copy of this book, contact: bookorders@frcna.org.

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