Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

The next few weeks, I'd like to share some of my favorite Advent songs in preparation for Christmas. Do you have a favorite song for the season? Please share with us in the comments below.

Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates

Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates! Behold, the King of glory waits. 
The King of kings is drawing near; The Savior of the world is here. 
Life and salvation He doth bring; Therefore rejoice and gladly sing. 
To God the Father raise Your joyful songs of praise. 

A righteous Helper comes to thee; His chariot is humility,
His kingly crown is holiness, His scepter, pity in distress.
The end of all our woe He brings; Therefore the earth is glad and sings.
To Christ the Savior raise Your grateful hymns of praise. 

How blest the land, the city blest, Where Christ the ruler is confessed!
O peaceful hearts and happy homes To whom this King in triumph comes!
The cloudless sun of joy is He Who comes to set His people free.
To God the Spirit raise Your happy shouts of praise.

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 by praise For word and deed and grace!

Redeemer, come and open wide My heart to Thee; here Lord, abide!
O enter with Thy grace divine; Thy face of mercy on me shine.
Thy Holy Spirit guide us on Until our glorious goal is won.
Eternal praise and fame We offer to Thy name.