Who shall stand in his holy place?
“This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.” Psalm 24:6
The generation of them that seek him are;
- they who’ve clean hands, vs 4
- They who’ve a pure heart, vs 4
- They who’ve not lifted up their souls unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully, vs 4
These are the ones who are allowed to ascend to the mountain of the Lord; to receive blessing from God, goodness and righteousness, and as well as to worship Him.
Just think when we function under the canopy of the covenant, how blessed and favored our lives would be. Because God is a God of covenant, there is no way for us to please Him without being covenant keepers. Any time Israel stepped outside the boundaries of covenant and worshiped pagan idols, their enemies prevailed. Covenant is a boundary not for the purpose of confinement but for the purpose of protection from the attacks and predators of our souls.
The King of Glory
“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.”
Psalm 24 is the only place in the bible where God is called the King of Glory, reminding me of the triumphant entry and the occasion David danced before the Lord. Job 36:3-5 says, “I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker. For truly my words shall not be false: he that is perfect in knowledge is with thee. Behold, God is mighty, and despiseth not any: he is mighty in strength and wisdom.” Also Psalm 68:32-35 says, “Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah: To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice. Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds. O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.”
The psalmist declares, “Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.” Psalm 115:1
Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord ? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that sings, praises, dances, worships, and that as would ascribe righteousness, blessings, glory and honour to the King of Glory. “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.”
Tell you what? We should never forget to return thanksgiving and praise to God for the blessings already granted. God is deeply grieved by the thanklessness and ingratitude of which so many of us are guilty. Returning thanks for blessings already received increases our faith and enables us to approach God with even new boldness and new blessed assurance.
Hollowed be thy name
Be careful for nothing; but “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:9-10