Open for me the gates of the righteous; I will enter and give thanks to the Lord. This is the gate of the Lord through which the righteous may enter.
I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation. The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the Lord has done this, and it is marvelous in our eyes.
—Psalm 118:19-23 (NIV)
God laid a stone for me in Zion. And this stone, which was rejected and despised, has become my sure foundation. His name is Jesus. Upon His Grace, I rest my faith. Jesus opened this gate for me to enter into the very presence of His Father. This is the gate that only the righteous may enter, and I may because Jesus alone has made me righteous. I praise Him for He did not have to save me. He didn’t have to give His life for mine, but He did. And His gift is too marvelous for words!
Jesus, you opened that gate forever! The door into your presence is always open. You know my coming and going. You raise me to walk without hesitation into the unknown. You are my greatest weapon—defeating all that comes against me. You are my voice—speaking to the mountains in my life. Because you are powerful, I am powerful. I am fearless because you are fearless. You know me! And I know who I am in you! Your righteousness lives in me because you took my sinful nature and gave me your blameless one. You have opened this gate of righteousness to me, and I stand before you uncovered with nothing hidden! I have peace with the Father you have given me. Absolutely nothing separates me from your love! I am free!
Do you realize that through Jesus, you have unhindered access into the presence of the Father? Christ has opened the gate of righteousness to you. “Jesus suffered and died outside the city gate to make his people holy by means of his own blood” (Hebrews 13:12, NLT). Now you can “enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation” (Psalm 100:4, NLT)!
“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me,” Jesus said (John 14:6, NLT). Only Jesus gives the gift of righteousness and unhindered access to God. He opened this gate to you. Run into your Father’s presence. He waits with open arms.
© 2019 Lynn Lacher