Chapter 17 of The Jesus Code: 52 Scripture Questions Every Believer Should Answer by O.S. Hawkins.
This week’s question: “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?” (Psalm 24.3).
In Psalm 24 David asked some very important questions. Hawkins begins:
“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place?” (v. 3). And no sooner did he ask, he provided the answer: “He who has clean hands and a pure heart” (vv. 3– 4). This brief psalm is not simply one of celebration and commemoration, but also one of examination and anticipation. David took a backward look, an inward look, and a forward look.
This Psalm looks back to the return of the Ark to Jerusalem after being in the hands of their enemies and then sitting in the home of Obed-Edom for three months after David’s first misguided attempt to bring the Ark home.
But we shouldn’t just look backward as we contemplate this Psalm. We should also look inward. Hawkins goes on:
“Clean hands and a pure heart”— do you meet those qualifications? Can you ascend this hill? Can I? No mortal can do so. The qualification is twofold: one must possess clean hands and a pure heart. But my hands, representing my outward life, are not clean. I have sinned, and my actions and words fall far short of our holy God’s righteous demands. And my inner life, my heart, is far from pure: like everyone, I have discovered that my own “heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked” (Jeremiah 17: 9). How will you and I ever be able to ascend the Lord’s hill, much less “stand in His holy place”? We will be able to ascend the hill of the Lord because of the one Person in all of history who met these qualifications: the Lord Jesus Christ, the King of glory.
And finally, we should look forward:
This psalm also points to Jesus’ triumphant return to Jerusalem. One day He will return, set foot on the Mount of Olives, walk down its rocky slope, cross the Kidron Valley, then ascend Mount Moriah, enter through the Eastern Golden Gate of the city, and, from Jerusalem, establish His reign over the earth. The watchmen on the gates will shout, “Who is this King of glory?” (v. 8). To which we, who are coming with Him, will reply, “The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! (vv. 8– 9). And the King of glory shall come in!” Through the gates and into the city once again Jesus will come, our conquering King of glory.
So, “Who may ascent into the Hill of the Lord?” You and me if we have opened up our hearts and received the King of glory and His finished work on the cross.
Next week’s question is: “How can a young man cleanse his way?” (Psalm 119.9).
Last week’s question: “If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?” (Psalm 11.3). Read it here.
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