This morning I presented a teaching in my adult Sunday School class on worshipping in spirit and in truth. We were primarily in John 4, but I referenced Psalm 24:8 and shared that I believe the "ancient doors" and gates spoken of here are meant by the Psalmist (David) to symbolize our hearts. There are things in our lives that become like gates and doors to hold us back from fully welcoming the King of Glory and His presence in our lives. I talked to the class about the walls we have built up within ourselves that keep us from His presence and glory...and about releasing those old bondages, letting go and allowing Jesus to take His place.
I have to be honest with you that I didn't do a deep study of Psalm 24 in prep for this class - I was primarily speaking from John 4 and just referenced Psalm 24 briefly but then... as He is so awesome at doing, God tied the whole thing together...just shortly after my class we go into morning worship. There was a lady there who was not present in my SS class, yet she gave a prophetic word during worship and basically declared Psalm 24...spoke of the "walls" we had built in ourselves, and holding back from God's presence. It was like she basically re-said everything I said in SS plus some more. Amazing. This came right after we sang, "Spirit of the Living God" and I could really feel God's presence as the people were singing and we cut out all the instruments and just raised our voices.
Well, I came home today and decided to study Psalm 24 in it's entirety, versus pulling out the verse I did for this morning's SS lesson - which was one among many. WOW.
That's exactly what Psalm 24 is all about!!!!!! The triumphal entry Duh!!!
The Holy Ghost spoke to us through His Word and through prophecy in a "palm Sunday message" we may not have realized the full context of (I know I didn't) at the time!
What He was saying is still unfolding to me spiritually right now.
Think about this my friends...is the gate of your heart fully open wide for what God wants to do? Have you lifted any ancient doors off of your life so that the King of Glory might enter with all His glory and have His way?
Yes, it was a good Sunday morning at Northside. But I missed my boys. :-) They just got home from Orlando a little bit ago and they are sitting at the table eating the homemade spaghetti and meatball dinner I made. (Casey came home with us...she couldn't wait to see Dustin and wanted to be here when he arrived.) I made her favorite Ceasar salad with the spaghetti, garlic bread and brownies. It is so good to have everyone safe in the house again. Larry says, "honey, you act like the boys went off to war! They only went to Orlando!" Alright, I'm a mother. Give me a break!