Tuesday Hymns: “Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates!”

In 1635, Georg Weissel, the pastor of the Altrossgart Church in Königsberg (which I assume made him a Lutheran) wrote the hymn which is our Tuesday Hymn for the week, Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates! It is based on the Twenty-Fourth Psalm and is a reminder to us that Christ is more than a baby in a manger, but that He is the King over our individual hearts, over His Church, and over all of the heavens and the earth. It was first published seven years after his death, and it is normally sung to the tune of TRURO.

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.

A helper just He comes to thee, His chariot is humility, His kingly crown is holiness, His scepter, pity in distress.

O blest the land, the city blest, where Christ the Ruler is confessed! O happy hearts and happy homes to whom this King in triumph comes!

Fling wide the portals of your heart; make it a temple, set apart from earthly use for heav’n’s employ, adorned with prayer and love and joy.

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.

So come, my Sovereign, enter in! Let new and nobler life begin! Thy Holy Spirit, guide us on, until the glorious crown be won.


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