Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in His holy place?
He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
I’m not absolutely positive, but I think this photo may be Mt. St. Helens before the 1980 eruption. We lived in Portland, OR, when I was between the ages of 10-15, and I always loved getting a glimpse of this beautiful mountain.
I used this picture today because of the pristine beauty of the place; and because, although it was only the fifth highest mountain in Washington, it still towered above the surrounding hills. It is, therefore, a great image for the way God towers above all of us. In His pristine beauty, He stands out like a mountain above all other gods.
Who will be able to go up to Him, or be allowed to stand with Him in His holiness? Who has the right to stand with Him in His holiness?
Such a question used to be discussed among believers who were aware of their insufficiency to stand with Jehovah. It should be a matter of concern to all of us. Today, however, it seems we’re much more concerned about “How can I be happy?” than we are with “How can I be holy?”
David’s answer, gleaned from his own life experience, is really quite simple. Those who have endeavored to have a holy, pure, godly character will be able to stand with Him in His holy place.
No human being is free from sin. Ultimately, we stand before Him only because our sin is cleansed by the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Never can we claim to be so holy, so perfect, that we deserve that special place with God. We cannot earn it. We can only humbly endeavor to imitate His character, by His grace and in His strength.
Clean hands, pure heart, humility, and truth. These are characteristics of God. We need to seek them every single day in order to join Him in His holy place.
There is an old saying: “He’s so heavenly-minded, he’s no earthly good.” My dad used to say that the reverse is more often the case: “We’re so earthly-minded that we’re no heavenly good.”