Gay Christian Devotion

Psalm 87 (King James Version)

1His foundation is in the holy mountains.
2The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
3Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.
4I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.
5And of Zion it shall be said, This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her.
6The LORD shall count, when he writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah.
7As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there: all my springs are in thee.

Reflection

Jerusalem is where the temple was located. God chose to be very present to His people in the temple. The MacArthur Study Bible states the gates represent access to the city where people could have a special relationship with God. The explanation the MacArthur Study Bible gives could explain why God loved the gates of Zion. God loves those who act as welcoming, open gates, gates which bring people into relationship with God.

According to the psalm, God did not love the walls of the city. God is not happy when people act as walls, keeping people from having a relationship with him. Those who lock and bar the gates of the church and those who build high walls to gay people do not make God happy. Those who bar gay people from the special relationship and blessing that serving God gives them also make God unhappy.

God is calling you to be a gate, a gate to the city of God. When you are a gate that invites and guides people into the presence of God, the Lord is pleased with your service.