But, do you realize there are keys that you can’t afford to lose? Jesus spoke about them when He told His followers these words:
“I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. (Matthew 16:19).”
You probably don’t even think about the above keys as often as you think about your house and car keys. To be honest, I know I don’t. You definitely can’t “wear” these spiritual keys around your neck in a literal sense. But they are important, and it’s easy to lose them if you don’t keep them close.
So what’s so important about these particular keys? Well first they come directly from Jesus Himself. That fact alone implies authority. And if you are a spiritual key holder, then you possess special authority that only followers of Messiah can lay hold of. There’s also the fact that keys open doors- locked doors! I don’t know about you, but I’ve needed a few “locked” doors to be opened for me once or twice. And once those doors fling open, I’ve felt that sigh of relief that only comes from knowing that what’s behind the door, I now have access to.
But what makes these keys even more unique is the fact that they have authority to bind and loose. Sadly, this scripture has been misused and misunderstood in the Pentecostal/Charismatic circles way too often. We think we can bind the Devil and loose blessings, but that’s not what’s being taught. The first-century hearers understood that Messiah was speaking about legal authority. From Caesarea Philippi, the disciples were entrusted (by Messiah Himself) with the authority to institute New Covenant (Jeremiah 31) doctrine for current and future followers of Messiah. And because of their obedience, we are the recipients of Apostolic, first-century teachings which, like the Torah, were meticulously recorded for the sole purpose of being passed on to future generations.
So why is all of this important? Well, for a couple reasons. First, most Jews (not all) reject the authority of the New Testament. They only want to hear Torah (and that’s why it’s so important that Christians know Torah), but in rejecting the New Covenant, they are also rejecting the words of the Prophet Jeremiah who wrote:
“Behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah, not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” declares the LORD, “I will put My law within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people (Jeremiah 31:33).”
But listen, it’s not just Jews who reject the New Testament’s authority, many so-called Christians even attempt to reinterpret it to fit the times we are living in. Yet, they don’t possess the authority (or blessing) to do so.
When I saw Him (Messiah Yeshua), I fell at His feet like a dead man. And He placed His right hand on me, saying, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades (Revelation 1:17-18).”
Since Messiah is the possessor of the keys (all keys), He also is the One who gets to decide who gets to use these keys, and He chose 12 unlearned Jews. And because of His choice, we have a complete Bible- both Old and New Covenants. These two “libraries” contain the keys to our livelihood! And that’s why these spiritual keys can’t be neglected or sat on a shelf to accumulate dust. We absolutely need the authority of the Word of God in our lives. If you don’t have it, then you have lost the most important keys you will ever need. And I dare say, you are foolishly using a counterfeit key to direct your life. That will prove to be disastrous!
The Psalmist possessed the true keys. He understood the treasure of God’s House, God’s Word, and a life of worship. He kept these “keys” close to his heart:
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper (doorkeepers possessed keys!) in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness (Psalm 84:10).
I pray that you will keep the keys of God's Word close to your heart. Don't ever set them down because when you do, you lose spiritual authority that has been given to you!
With that in mind, here are my God Notes for Psalm 9!
My God Notes- Psalm 9
- God is a God of wonders (marvelous, surpassing, extraordinary)
- God is the Most High-Jehovah Elyown (exalted above everything and everyone)
- God is a righteous (justice, rightness) judge
- God rules from His heavenly throne
- God rebukes nations
- God destroys the wicked
- God removes the name of evil-doers from His book
- God uproots cities & even removes any memory of their existence
- God abides (remains) forever
- God has made His Throne specifically for judgment!
- God will judge the world in righteousness
- God will judge with equity
- God is a stronghold for the oppressed
- God does not forsake those who seek Him
- God dwells in Zion
- God does great exploits
- God requires blood
- God hears the cry of the afflicted
- God lifts up His servants
- God has salvation (Yeshua)
- God has made Himself known (no excuses from atheists)
My Prayer- Psalm 9
Once again I am humbled by Your Word. For in it, I find that You are knowable, You are a righteous judge, You are a stronghold for the oppressed, and You do great exploits! The Psalmist understood Your greatness and power and the fact that You will one day judge the world! He possessed the keys of life. Lord Most High, help me to keep these keys close to my heart. Direct and order my steps with Your Word. In You, alone there is salvation.
In Yeshua’s name,