20This gate of the LORD, into which the righteous shall enter.
21I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation.
(Psalm 118:19-21, King James Version)
Open to Me!
It is all about the Lord, is it not? To whom is the Psalmist speaking when he said, Open to me the gates of righteousness? Who has the power to open the gates? The Psalmist makes it clear in verse 21 when he said, I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. Just as the Lord was the only one who could become his salvation, the Lord was the only one who could open the gates of righteousness.
Can you not picture that glorious gate through which we may enter the courts of heaven and the New Jerusalem? Can you not see the Lord Jesus, Himself, standing there with open arms waiting to welcome us home. It is good for us to ponder that great and glorious day.
The Psalmist, who penned those words, has been with the Lord now for over 2000 years. Our days on this earth may seem to stretch out forever, but they are only but a vapor compared to all eternity. We become consumed by the things of this earth, but the Psalmist understood that our faith is much more precious than anything this world has to offer to us.
23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.As we are reminded by Peter in 1 Peter 1:24-25, All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the Word of the Lord endures forever.
24For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
25But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. (1 Peter 1:23-25, King James Version)
In just a little time, the gates of righteousness will open to all those living now who love the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us spend our lives serving, honoring, and glorifying the name of Christ, until we can say to Christ, "Open to me the gates of righteousness."
God Bless You,