1 Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates;
behold the King of glory waits;
the King of kings is drawing near;
the Savior of the world is here.
2 Fling wide the portals of your heart;
make it a temple, set apart
from earthly use for heaven’s employ,
adorned with prayer and love and joy.
3 Redeemer, come! I open wide
my heart to thee; here, Lord, abide.
Let me thy inner presence feel;
thy grace and love in me reveal.
|First Line:||Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates|
|Title:||Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates|
|Author:||Georg Weissel (1642)|
|Translator:||Catherine Winkworth (1855, 1863)|
|Scripture:||1 Chronicles 16:29; Psalm 24:7-10; Matthew 5:8; Luke 21:28; 2 Corinthians 4:6; Ephesians 3:17; James 5:8; 1 Peter 2:5; 2 Peter 3:11-12; 2 Peter 3:14; Revelation 3:20|
|Topic:||Invitation; Jesus Christ: Advent; Living in Christ|
Beginning as a paraphrase of Psalm 24:7–10, this text then applies the door imagery to the singer’s heart, and concludes with the individual’s welcome of the approaching Savior. It is set to a very effective anonymous 18th-century English tune that has served many texts.
|Audio recording:||Audio (MP3)|