Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Knocking on Heaven's Door
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you. Matthew 7:7
The Western Writers of America chose it as one of the top 100 western songs of all time. Released in 1973 as a part of the movie soundtrack, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, “Knockin' on Heaven's Door,” was originally written and sung by Bob Dylan but it has also become one of the most re-recorded folk rock songs ever. Artists such as: Eric Clapton, Guns & Roses, Ted Christopher, and others have covered the song and it has been a part of numerous movie soundtracks like: Lethal Weapon 2; Days of Thunder; Shake, Rattle & Roll; not to mention TV shows such as: NCIS: Los Angeles; Blue Bloods; ER; Cold Case; and Supernatural. The song peaked in Top 10 charts of over 15 different countries. More than likely it has also been one of the slow dance songs of choice at high school dances for over 40 years.
What makes a song like this so famous? “Knocking on Heaven's Door” was described by Dylan's biographer as, “an exercise in splendid simplicity.” It has likely strummed the basic heart strings of countless people because of the innate desire in all of us to have heaven's door opened. Jesus made believers a beautiful promise that if Christians knocked on heaven's door, it would be opened. If discovering God's will is basically a simple task, then why is finding His will so difficult? Perhaps it is because we haven't simply asked, sought, and knocked while patiently waiting for God's reply and then stepping through doors when they open.