Climb the Mountain of God

 

Psalm 24

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him.

We already belong to him. But in this life, he won’t take what’s his. He offers me the gift of his love. He wants the gift of my love from me. He won’t demand it or take it from me. He will receive my clumsy, broken love for him and reciprocate with his full and perfect love.

Surrendering to God is giving him what’s already his, what he created.

Just as in marital intimacy, we lose ourselves in each other. This is not a doctrine, a one-time experience, or a ritual. It’s God and me exchanging love at the deepest levels.

I invite him into my darkest secret places. I invite him to my parties. I invite him into my boredom. I invite him to fill my heart and fill the room. I think about him every time I think about or interact with others. He brings light into the dark places, oil to ease the friction, treasures of wisdom, and divine encounters.

For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas
and built it on the ocean depths.

If he can go to the earth’s foundations and the depths of the ocean, I can give him my life. My life in his hands is much safer in time and eternity than my life in my hands.

Who may climb the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
 Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,
who do not worship idols
and never tell lies.

Many people seem to think God is unapproachable, and that the people in the Bible were superheroes. No, they were just like us. We may approach God. Here’s how:

  • We must search our hearts for impurities, for they will keep us from seeing God.
  • We must leave our idols, those idols that misleadingly promise the power, comfort, and protection that comes only from God.
  • We must repeatedly audit our thoughts for lies. The lies we tell ourselves will soon pour from our mouths.

Above the crowds and clouds and noises in my head. On the mountaintop we meet him. In our stillness, God speaks.

They will receive the Lord’s blessing
and have a right relationship with God their savior.
Such people may seek you
and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob.

We don’t need a church building to worship in. If our hearts clean sanctuaries, free from idols and distractions, we also can worship him there.

Interlude

Pause and think deeply about this. No magnificent building, awesome worship, or anointed preaching can substitute for a clean heart in God’s presence.

Open up, ancient gates!
Open up, ancient doors,

Those gates into God’s presence from Bible times didn’t close two thousand years ago, never to be opened. He’s the same God, the gates and doors still open for those who climb the mountain.

Phillip

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