"Open wide, you gates. Open up, you age-old doors. Then the King of glory will come in. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, who is strong and mighty. The Lord, who is mighty in battle. Open wide, you gates. Open wide, you age-old doors. Then the King of glory will come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord who rules over all. He is the King of glory. Selah" Psalm 24:8-10
If you have ever had a two-year old you have probably heard a question that went something like this, "Daddy, who's the boss of me?"
You answered, "Mommy and I are the boss of you."
"Daddy, who's the boss of you?"
Early in life we are concerned about this issue of sovereignty. We want to know who is in charge and who isn't. We want to know who we have to obey and who we can boss.
Even an alien doesn't want to mess with an underling, they demand that they be "taken to the leader"!
The significance of these verses is recalling the ceremony when the Ark of the Covenant was brought triumphantly back into Jerusalem. The Ark was the symbol of God's Sovereignty over His Nation. So, when the priests brought the Ark to the city gate they called out, "Open wide, you gates. Open up, you age-old doors! Then the King of glory will come in." And those inside would shout back, "Who is this Lord of Glory?" And so it went back and forth until the gates were opened dramatically and triumphantly.
The fact is, someone WILL be sovereign in your life. Everyone answers to someone. Everyone is accountable to someone. Whoever is ultimately sovereign will determine your eternity. As for the Psalmist, he declared that God would be sovereign in his life. He recognized Him as the "Lord of glory" and he welcomed the King into his life. He gladly opened his will (gates, doors) to the "King of glory".
The question is, "Who will be the King of Glory" in your life? Who will you surrender your sovereignty to?