“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.” – Psalms 24:7
The word “gate” here in its original Aramaic was “shar’ar”, which was an entrance place to the temple (also known as the court of tabernacle). Why was the psalmist referring to the recipients of the psalm (or song) as gates and doors?
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” – Revelation 3:19-20
In this passage we see an image of Jesus wanting to enter through a door but this door requires a few deliberate actions before Jesus can enter in. First, you must receive His loving correction and repent of all ungodliness, since that which is Holy can not inter into sin (or that which is unholy). Secondly, you must willing choose to open this door and invite Jesus in. You see this door is the door of your heart. It is the Sha’ar by which Jesus enters you, and by proxy, your situation and changes everything! It’s the gate of the New Testament temple!
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19
When you repent, ask Jesus to cleanse and purify your heart, and allow Him to enter you, He also enters you’re situation with power and authority, and that’s something to lift you’re head and rejoice about! The psalmist was singing a joyful song of prophetic worship. In a time when God only resided in the Holy of Holies, in a temple made by human hands, he looked forward to a time when God would enter the world in every place and situation, and we would be the doors by which He would do that. For now He lives in earthen vessels (or temples) not made by human hands but by God’s hands himself, a more perfect temple, once defiled but now cleansed through the atoning blood of Jesus, the King Of Glory! So rejoice in the power that enters every situation unto victory through you when you come before God with clean hands and a pure heart, o ye gates, ye everlasting doors.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye 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 ye gates; even lift them up, ye 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. Selah.” – Psalms 24:1-10 (Full Chapter)