What kind of key open’s your door?
That might be exactly what a thief is wondering. He slips over to your door step. It’s the middle of the night.
At your front door he says to himself, “I wonder what kind of key will open this door?” He’s not a very smart thief. He tries a skeleton key; it doesn’t work. He digs into his back pocket, reaching for the keys from his beat up jalopy down the alley; they don’t work either.
Remember, he’s not very smart. He tries a card key stolen from a hotel, wrong again. In frustration he kicks the door, the alarm goes off and he curses the door as he scampers away into the dark.
Psalm 5:7 says,“But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple and fear you.”
Not many people like humility. Humility smells like and looks like weakness. Yet most of us like to experience love — especially steadfast love — that’s the kind of love that never fails, never lets us down.
It’s typical that we avoid the hard stuff like humility and want the easy stuff. We want God’s love, yet we don’t want to humble ourselves. We want in his house, but we can’t find the right keys. We think it’s being good or speaking the right religious language. We think it’s sacrifice or giving things up. These may be good things, but they are not the right keys.
The Psalmist says the key to going through God’s door starts with God. According to the Bible in 1 John 4:19 (ESV), “We love because he first loved us.” God first loves us, so we can love him, so we can love his Son, Jesus Christ, so we can love others, so we can enter his house.
The Psalmist is saying, “through the abundance of your steadfast love … I will enter your house”. God’s love is sufficient. Its enough, if we’ll receive it. But that doesn’t mean nothing is asked of us.
Our responsibility has to do with our heart attitude. It’s the humble heart that enters into God’s presence. This is the key that brings the welcomed invitation into God’s presence.
Humbling one’s self is a key to receiving God’s steadfast love. The Psalmist knows that not every word, nor every thought, or every deed is done for God’s pleasure; often it’s for us and for us alone. That kind of selfishness keeps the door locked. The Psalmist says the key is, “I will bow down toward your holy temple and fear you.” A humble, repentant and respectful heart is key.
God’s love and a humble heart — keys that unlock his door.