Psalm 24:3-5 David asks a question and then gives the answer, “Who shall ascend in to the hill of the Lord? Or who shall sand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.”

One can only climb this hill of the Lord by special invitation. We read in Exodus 19:20, “And the Lord came down upon mount Sinai, on the top of the mount: and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.” Moses, along with Aaron and Joshua, was one of the few that received this privilege (Exodus 19:24 and 24:13).

Psalm 24 commences with, “The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” To me, the only reason why God would couple the declaration concerning His ownership of the earth and all its inhabitants with the question of “Who will ascend into the hill of the Lord” is that those who live holy lives will rule with God over all His creation. They will have a powerful influence in the agency of His government throughout the earth.

Men, though our union with Christ’s resurrection up “the hill of the Lord” to the Father’s right hand of power and might, we also, like Moses, Aaron and Joshua, can have great influence for God in the affairs of mankind. Through the power and virtue of Christ’s blood, we will keep our hands clean and our hearts pure. We will keep our souls from vanity and any form of idolatry. By virtue of Christ living in us we will keep our mouths from all deceitfulness.

To be continued.

Be encouraged. Colin
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