Carel Neuhoff

Lift Up Your Heads

 

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.

Psalm 24:9-10

Psalm 24 was written by David for the occasion of moving the Ark of the Covenant into the tabernacle at Jerusalem. The Ark was a symbol of God’s presence. However,  the Ark could not possibly show the greatness of God. God was the creator of the world and everything in it. He was strong and mighty and well able to fight for the Israelites in battle. God was so big that the gates would have to be enlarged to enable him to fit through them. God wanted to dwell with his people, but God wants more than just our presence in church. He also wants our hearts. With His help we can have clean hands and a pure heart. What God wants most of all is for us to seek Him. 

  For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6


 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Josh 1:9

As Jesus rested by faith in the Father’s care, so we are to rest in the care of our Saviour. If the disciples had trusted in Him, they would have been kept in peace. Their fear in the time of danger revealed their unbelief. In their efforts to save themselves, they forgot Jesus; and it was only when, in despair of self-dependence, they turned to Him that He could give them help.

How often the disciples’ experience is ours! When the tempests of temptation gather, and the fierce lightnings flash, and the waves sweep over us, we battle with the storm alone, forgetting that there is One who can help us. We trust to our own strength till our hope is lost, and we are ready to perish. Then we remember Jesus, and if we call upon Him to save us, we shall not cry in vain. Though He sorrowfully reproves our unbelief and self- confidence, He never fails to give us the help we need. Whether on the land or on the sea, if we have the Saviour in our hearts, there is no need of fear. Living faith in the Redeemer will smooth the sea of life and will deliver us from danger in the way that He knows to be best. DA 336