Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | September 9, 2015

Godly gatekeepers show the narrow gate to the house of God and the riches therein.

Today’s devotion comes 1 Chronicles chapter 9.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Chronicles+9&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“All these who were chosen to be gatekeepers at the thresholds were 212.  These were enrolled by genealogy in their villages, whom David and Samuel the seer appointed in their office of trust.  So they and their sons had charge of the gates of the house of the Lord, even the house of the tent, as guards.  The gatekeepers were on the four sides, to the east, west, north and south.  Their relatives in their villages were to come in every seven days from time to time to be with them;  for the four chief gatekeepers who were Levites, were in an office of trust, and were over the chambers and over the treasuries in the house of God.  They spent the night around the house of God, because the watch was committed to them; and they were in charge of opening it morning by morning.”  1 Chronicles 9:22-27.

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There are the chosen.  There are the chosen gatekeepers of the house of God in today’s Scripture.  And, there are the chosen ones allowed to enter the house of God.

How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You
To dwell in Your courts.
We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
Your holy temple.”  Psalm 65:4.

Choose me!  Choose me!

“One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord
And to meditate in His temple.”  Psalm 27:4.

Amazing grace!

“Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life,
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”  Psalm 23:6.

“How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts!”

“O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house
And the place where Your glory dwells.”  Psalm 26:8.

“1 How lovely are Your dwelling places,
O Lord of hosts!
2 My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord;
My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.”  Psalm 84:1-2.

The humble have entered, symbolized by the bird in the following Scripture.

“3 The bird also has found a house,
And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young,
Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts,
My King and my God.
4 How blessed are those who dwell in Your house!
They are ever praising You.  Selah.”  Psalm 84:3-4.

In a sense, we, the people of Reformed Doctrine, are gatekeepers, showing the “narrow gate” of Matthew 7:13-14 through which we must enter to be saved.  That narrow gate is God’s “Unconditional Election”, the “U” of “TULIP”:  “For many are called, but few are chosen.”  Matthew 22:14.  But, we are not cold Calvinists nor “The Frozen Chosen”. 

Our hearts are “highways to Zion” in the language of the following Scripture.  We eagerly clear the way and lead others to God, encouraging them:  “Your God reigns!” (in sharp contrast to the Pharisees of Matthew 23:4 who “tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.”).  

“5 How blessed is the man whose strength is in You,
In whose heart are the highways to Zion!
6 Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring;
The early rain also covers it with blessings.
7 They go from strength to strength,
Every one of them appears before God in Zion.”  Psalm 84:5-7.

We show the riches inside the house of God.  “No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”

8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah.
9 Behold our shield, O God,
And look upon the face of Your anointed.
10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside.
I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
The Lord gives grace and glory;
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
How blessed is the man who trusts in You!”  Psalm 84:8-12.


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