19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord;
the righteous shall enter through it.
21 I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone.
23 This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Just singing this Psalm at fellowship last night, and reading it again this morning. It’s striking how appropriate it is for a communion morning. So before Church starts there is time to look a few points from these verses:
1. Firstly the Psalmist has confidence, verse 19 shows us this. He asks that these gates of righteousness be opened up to him. The Psalmist would’ve known fine well that he doesn’t deserve that entrance to the temple of God be given to him. Just as we know fine well that we do not deserve to enter into the temple of God and sit at his table. Verse 20 tells us that only the righteous can hope to enter in through these gates and into the temple . But we must approach the table with the same confidence as the Psalmist had. We may not feel righteous, we may not always act in a righteous ay, but if we are Christians then we are righteous in the eyes of God, because of the sacrifice that Christ made for us:
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.”- 1Peter2:24
It is because of this sacrifice that we can approach the table of God knowing that we are clean in his sight, and that the Father calls us heirs, and the Son calls us brother and sister.
2. To the world, our communion feast is a measly portion. As we drink some wine and eat some bread, the world looks on mockingly, and looks on with a sense of pity and confusion. Remember that when we partake in the Lords supper we are remembering the death of Christ till he comes again, but those who don’t love Christ can not understand why would want to remember a poor man nailed to a tree:
“but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles”- Philippians 3:9
We see this again in verse 22 of the Psalm. Christ was rejected and scorned on earth, crucified by his own creations and nailed to a tree that he had caused to grow.
The world sees a poor man nailed to the cross, we see our Saviour who chose to be on that cross to die so that we may live with him for eternity.
The world sees just some bread and wine, we remember the blood and body of the King who stepped down from Glory to save us from our own sin.
The world sees a room of people singing songs and saying prayers, we see the redeemed bride of Christ – bought with his blood, a temporal view of what we will be doing in eternity with our Lord.
3. Just read verse 24, what more can be said. We must rejoice and be glad God has given us this day. We are not mourners remembering the death of a fallen king. We are celebrants remembering the death of a risen and reigning king.
“He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.”
– Song of Songs 2 verse 4