“The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob“ (Psa 87:2).
“The dwellings of Jacob” refer to the dwellings of the Old Testament saints. How amazing, and yet, how true it is that the gates of Zion are more beautiful than the habitations of the Old Testament saints all put together !
There are more prominent places in a city, than the gates. Spiritually, these gates signify saints who, while on the earth, took the last place. Indeed, the Lord loves the gates of Zion or, the ones who take the last place for the gospel’s sake. St. Paul says he is“less than the least of all saints” (Eph. 3:8).
The Amplified Version of Psalm 87:2 says that crowds of pilgrims from all nations enter through the gates of Zion. When saints take the last place and serve the Lord, they became a great blessing. Through the life and ministry of such saints, people from all nations come to the presence of God as pilgrims of the truth.
God is calling us “from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof”, to serve Him taking the last place – so we can be with Him in Zion, the perfection of beauty, all through Eternity. What a high calling!
Gates also serve as guards to protect the city or house from unpleasant elements. The Lord wants saints who, like these gates, are willing to take the last place – to protect the house of God or church of God.
– Taken from Morning Manna – Thoughts for Daily Devotion