God’s Presence

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?

Who may stand in his holy place?

Psalm 24: 3

Many Christians seek to be in close relation to God, but struggle getting there. David touches on that subject in this Psalm. Who is going to get to God? We could ask that question of today. Out of everyone reading this blog post, who all will actually make it to a close encounter with the living God today? There are reasons some never get there.

Righteousness is the key…

David gives a direct answer to the above question of who will get to God? He moves on in Psalm 24 to say “The one who has clean hands and a pure heart…” (v 4). It’s important for us to understand that David is no way suggesting that it is his righteousness that will get him to God. As a matter of fact, the following verse he even states that righteousness and blessing come from God. Never the less, it is, in fact, righteousness that allows one to be in the presence of God, simply because God is righteous and anything less that righteous (clean) would cause God’s righteousness to be tainted.

I suggest that many fail struggle to achieve this goal, because they struggle with obtaining the righteousness. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not referring to salvation here. I’m actually attempting to engage those already of the Christian faith. So, I’m not suggesting that you don’t have God. I’m suggesting that it’s easy for a Christian to miss the experience of constantly and consistently finding themselves in a reality of being in the presence of God. Why? Simply because they won’t confess their sins. David says the key to ascending the “mountain of the Lord” and standing in “his holy place” is righteousness. John, in his first epistle, suggests (and, from my experience, I totally agree) that Christians constantly find themselves made unrighteous by the sin in their lives. To be exact John said, if we claim not to sin “we make God a liar” (1 Jn 1:10). But, it’s the verse prior to that in which John gives us the recipe in doing what David is talking about in this Psalm. John says, if we acknowledge our sins to God, He will cleanse us (make us righteous) (1 Jn 1:9); that is, after all, what David says allows us to be in close proximity to God. Righteousness.

It’s a lack of acknowledging…

Therefore, I would say, it’s a lack of acknowledging that keeps one from climbing the mountain and being face to face with the living God in his holy place. We, as humans, because of our pride, struggle so much with being real about where we fail. What our sins are. Where we go wrong. And this struggle keeps us from a close relationship with God. Are you willing to do that? Are you willing to get to a vulnerable place where you can verbally (I mean out loud) confess your sins to God? That mountain….that holy place….it’s an awesome place to be. It’s where restoration begins. It’s where God shares His secret plans about your purpose and sets you off in the direction in which you need to go. It’s where healing takes place. It’s where perspectives change. It’s where transformation happens. And it all starts by acknowledging your sins to God. David says THEN you will “receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation” (Ps 24:5)!

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