Advent Devotion for December 13

O Clavis David

O Key of David and scepter of the house of Israel, You open and no one can close, You close and no one can open:
Come and rescue the prisoners who are in darkness and the shadow of death.

Reading: Revelation 3:7–13

We hear “Open Door” everywhere today. Workplaces have open door policies. People advance their careers through open doors. These pale in comparison to the doors that Christ controls. Jesus has the Key of David, of royal palace, greater than the kingdom of Israel. It is His eternal reign, key to all doors. When He opens or closes, it stays that way! He opened the door for the church of Philadelphia and us to proclaim His Word. With this also comes a promise that He “is coming soon” to make us “a pillar in the temple of my God.”

Prayer: Christ, Key of David, teach us to proclaim the Word through the open door, until You bring us to our final home. Hear us for the sake of Your name. Amen.

Hymn LSB 340:4

Fling wide the portals of your heart;
Make it a temple set apart
From earthly use for heav’n’s employ,
Adorned with prayer and love and joy.
So shall your Sov’reign enter in
And new and nobler life begin.
To God alone be praise
For word and deed and grace!

(Daniel Warner, Sem I)