Psalm 24: Lift Up Your Heads, O You Gates!


Psalm 24 is a processional Psalm, likely sung as worshipers approached the temple in Jerusalem. This song keeps that festive, processional feel in a music style that straddles traditional hymnody and contemporary praise. The song was commissioned in honor of Pastor Steven Schwier in thanksgiving for his ministry at Christ the King Lutheran Church, South Bend, Indiana.

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words and music by Greg Scheer
text based on Psalm 24
copyright February 9, 2017
CCLI #7084597
OneLicense #15953

Lift up your heads, O you gates!
And be lifted up, O you ancient doors!
That the King of Glory may come in.

Who is this King of Glory?
Who is this King of Glory?
It is the Lord—
Our mighty Lord.

1. The earth is the Lord’s and all within it,
for God spoke the word and it came to be.
Within oceans vast, God laid earth’s foundations;
Its pilings secured in the deepest seas. Lord.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!…

2. Oh, who shall ascend God’s holy mountain?
And who shall remain in that holy place?
Only those with clean hands, who have washed in water,
And those with pure hearts, who have bathed in grace.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!…

3. Oh, who will God call to receive a blessing?
And who will go out with the gift of peace?
The doors open wide to the sound of knocking;
The seeker shall find, those who ask, receive.

Lift up your heads, O you gates!…