THE SERVANT GENERAL
THE MOUNTAIN OF THE LORD
Today’s reading: Psalm 24:1-6
Our destiny as children of God is to live with our Father
in heaven for all eternity. But that will not just happen
automatically. We need to do our part, in making ourselves
eligible for entry into heaven.
What needs to happen? As David asks, “Who may go up
the mountain of the Lord? Who can stand in his holy place?”
(Ps 24:3). God is holy, and if we are to stand before Him,
much more if we are to dwell with Him forever, we too must
be holy. How do we become holy? How do we prepare ourselves
for heaven? On this earth, we must live pure. To live pure
is to be “clean of hand and pure of heart.” (Ps
James tells us, “Draw near to God, and he will draw
near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your
hearts, you of two minds.” (Jas 4:8). To have clean
hands is to avoid sin and wrongdoing. To be pure of heart
is to be single-minded for God and His righteousness. This
is how we draw near to God, and how God will then draw near
to us. Or rather, God will draw us near to Himself, all the
way to heaven. “The Lord acknowledged my righteousness,
rewarded my clean hands. So the Lord rewarded my righteousness,
the cleanness of my hands in his sight.” (Ps 18:21,25).
To live pure is also to be “not devoted to idols”
(Ps 24:4b). We know, love, serve and worship only one true
God. Now this also applies to the “idols” that
we might have in life--money, material goods, power, hedonistic
pleasure. What is an idol? It is anything that keeps us from
giving God all of ourselves. As such we must be careful. Idols
can even be good things in life, such as children, secular
work, entertainment. If our devotion to them exceeds our devotion
to God, then they have become idols.
To live pure is to not swear falsely (Ps 24:4c). One often
swears by God, or takes an oath on the Bible. Not to swear
falsely is to speak the truth at all times. It is to avoid
half-truths, distortions of facts, misrepresentation, skirting
the issue, not revealing material facts to an issue. It is
to have integrity.
To live pure is to “love the Lord” (Ps 24:6a).
We are commanded to love God with our whole heart, mind, soul
and strength. God is our one and only priority (every other
good thing in our life will then fall into place). This love
for God translates into committed and faithful service, especially
in evangelization and mission.
To live pure is to “seek the face of the God of Jacob”
(Ps 24:6b). We are to pray without ceasing. We are to walk
along the path of holiness and righteousness. We are to enter
into God’s presence in worship.
When we live pure, then we “will receive blessings from
the Lord, and justice from (our) saving God.” (Ps 24:5).
Justice is giving to the other person what is his due. What
is due to us, by God’s own design, are salvation and
eternal life in heaven with Him.
Such are the blessings awaiting the one who lives pure.