“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who doesn’t not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully.” Psalm 24:3-4.
These verses hit home for me the other day while I sat on my unmade bed reading them. David writes them almost as a challenge- “who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?” Who is going to get there? Who believes he is clean enough to stand before the presence of our mighty God? As we continue to read, we notice that it says only those with “clean hands” and a “pure heart” can be where God is. This hit me because it’s outward purity AND inward purity. It’s choosing to wash your hands as well as the secret parts of your heart. This isn’t fun, in fact it’s extremely uncomfortable. Bearing my heart before the Creator of the universe? In my flesh I want to step back and say, “no thanks.” But Psalm 139:23 reminds us to ask our Father to search us, to know our hearts, and to point out to our, sometimes purposefully blind eyes and hard hearts, all the wickedness that dwells within. Because once we do that, once I do that, we can ascend the hill of the Lord. We can be near him. What’s better than that? Then, the psalmist challenges us further: being close to the Father requires the right kind of action. It requires us to lift up, and glorify, truth. John 14:6 says that Jesus is truth. He is the embodiment of all righteousness, and all things good. That is our savior. We are required and challenged to lift up our souls and approve of things that reflect truth, things that reflect Him. This is hard. In fact, it seems impossible. But if nearness to my Savior is the astounding result, then count me in. - Jordan Click
Jesus, I want you to have all of me. My heart, my eyes, my mind, the things I think in secret. I want to be near to you, to take that journey and ascend your holy hill. Give me strength to strive for inward purity as well as outward purity. Amen.