Monday, June 20, 2011

Open and Shut

The stranger did not lodge in the street . . .

. . . but I opened my door to the traveler.  Job 31:32

Come, my people, enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you . . .

. . . hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. 
 Isaiah 26:20

The two doors were of olive wood; and he carved on them figures of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers and overlaid them with gold . . . 1 Kings 6:32

Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips. 
Psalm 141:3

"But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly."  Matthew 6:6

Lift up your heads, O you gates! 
And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! 
And the King of glory shall come in. 
Who is this King of glory? 
The LORD strong and mighty. 
The LORD mighty in battle. 
 Lift up your heads, O you gates! 
 And lift them up, you everlasting doors! 
 And the King of glory shall come in. 
Who is this King of glory? 
The LORD of hosts,
 He is the King of glory.  Selah. 
Psalm 24:7-10

Does not wisdom cry out, and understanding lift up her voice?  She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way where the paths meet.  She cries out by the gates at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors . . . Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.  For whoever finds me, finds life and obtains favour from the LORD.  Proverbs 8;1,2,34,35  

My beloved put his hand by the latch of the door and my heart yearned for him.  I arose to open for my beloved, and my hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers with liquid myrrh, on the handles of the lock.  I opened for my beloved, but my beloved had turned away and was gone . . . Song of Solomon 5:4-6a 

"I am the door.  If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.  The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy.  I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.  John 10:9,10

And when they had come and gathered the church together, they reported all that God had done with them, and that He had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.  Acts 14:27

But  I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentacost.  For a great and effective door has opened to me, and there are many adversaries.  1 Corintians 16:8.9

Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.  Colossians 4:3,4

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, "These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens. I know your works.  See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name." Revelation 3:7,8

Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.  Revelation 3:20

After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven; and the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, "Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."  Revelation 4:1

Old Quebec City


  1. This has come at a wonderful time... I am so in prayer and your post brings strength where none was before! Blessings my dear friend!

  2. I love doors and the mental images they convey - opening, closing, protecting, hiding, welcoming. Lovely verses, full of reminders to open my heart fully to the One who loves me most.
    Thank you, Andrea.

  3. Dear Andrea Dawn,

    You have given me such a wonderful idea. I hope to have it done by next Monday to post with my thanksgivings. I hope you will drop by to see what you've inspired there.

    The pictures here are magnificent. They would have made the trip over here worthwhile in and of themselves, but the Scriptures that followed made my heart sing. I never knew there were so many references to doors and openings and shuttings. Thanks for a whole new perspective!

    With renewed vision,

  4. Wonderful images and great scripture. Thank you for that. Thank you also for visiting my blog. I appreciate you taking the time. I will tarry at your site for a while now :)
    Good day!

  5. Stunning photography, Andrea.
    This would make a lovely book!
    I'd buy it!