The Open Door A Sermon on Psalm of David- psalms 24
Thank goodness Jesus found him. In John 9, as soon as Jesus heard what had happened to the man he had healed, Jesus went to find him. Instead of rejoicing that he was healed, the religious authorities had kicked the man out of the fold. They slammed the door behind him. That’s like being kicked out of your home church. Where should he turn now? Jesus found him and answered that question. Jesus, the good shepherd, welcomed this sheep into his own fold. Don’t give up. Keep the porch light on. Keep your hearts open as Christ’s heart is open. Keep the invitation open. Jesus is the open door. He’s the door out of despair and into hope. He is the door out of sorrow, and into joy. He is the open door, out of isolation, and into a place where you belong, where a table is set before you, where you are called by name and cherished by your shepherd and his people. He is the door, to the place where goodness and mercy are given, to the place where we are safe, always, even though we travel the valley of the shadow of death. Jesus is the door. Jesus is the way into the life that really is life. Jesus is the door into the house of the Lord forever. And the door is open. Thanks be to God. A Psalm of David. 24 1 The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,a the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. 3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. 7 Lift up your heads, O gates! And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! 9 Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory!