ASCENDING TO HIM

"Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully" Psalms 24: 3, 4. This is a question that many people have forgotten to ask themselves today. They believe everything is all right. Others do not believe that there is a God or an afterlife.

There is a God, though, and we need to find out what it takes to be able to approach Him. David doesnít leave us without the answer. He tells us what it takes to be acceptable to God. He uses some symbols which make it easy for us to remember and understand who may come into Godís presence. The hands symbolize our actions, work, that which we do. The heart symbolizes our motives, intentions, attitudes and thoughts. Lifting up the soul symbolizes our worship and adoration of that which is greater. Swearing deceitfully reminds us of our speech.

Do you want to come into Godís presence? Make sure that what you do is right and acceptable to God. Do you want to come into Godís presence? Make sure your thoughts and intentions are proper and acceptable to God. Do you want to come into Godís presence? Make sure your worship is pleasing and acceptable to God. Do you want to come into Godís presence? Make sure the words of your mouth are true and acceptable to God.

Bryan Naugle