Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

There are many kinds of gates but all provide ways to enter a room, a dwelling, or other place. The Bible reminds us that gates are important, in practical ways, but also for our spiritual lives.

After David captured the Zion stronghold (2 Samuel 5:7), it became the site of the Temple, the focal point for the spiritual lives of His people. Zion also became a symbol in every generation for the places where His people gathered together to worship Him.

The Bible reminds us how much God “loves the gates of Zion” for these gates symbolize coming into His presence. The place where we fellowship with Him and worship Him.

The Bible tells us that we are to “enter His gates with thanksgiving” (Psalm 100:4). This means coming before Him with hearts overflowing with thanksgiving and praise.

Zion also represents God’s protection, as well as the importance of evangelism. As Jesus said, we are “the light of the world.” We are to be like Zion, “a hill [that] cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14).

This is a place filled with joy. We see this when the psalmist wrote of those who sing, “All my springs of joy are in you” (v. 7).

Some people have concluded that being a “Zionist” is something negative. But the fact is that the devil wants to discourage anything associated with Zion. He does not want us praising or focusing on God.

Truly, “glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God.” In your life, seek to enter God’s presence. Love to fellowship with Him. Worship Him. Seek to be faithful to His call on your life. And be radical in your commitment to His house, His people, His Word, and His Kingdom.