An Ascending Heart

Psalm 24:3-4 (ESV)
"Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
    And who shall stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
   who does not lift up his soul to what is false
   and does not swear deceitfully."

I would argue that as long as our hearts remain deceitful, we cannot even find the hill of the Lord, much less ascend it. To ascend towards God requires a walk through the furnace of truth, where every falsehood is burned away from our souls. To abide in God requires a soul enveloped in honesty, where every step climbed reveals a greater transparency; allowing a more perfect view of the motives of our hearts.

This is our inner man, the soul God is wanting to save. A soul that remains hidden, often tainted by a world of untruths and illusions. As believers we seek holiness, but to find such requires truthfulness that unfortunately is fleeting for so many of God’s children.

We presume to know the truth, but holiness remains powerless in our lives. If only we could understand that truth comes from knowing God’s heart, a heart that was revealed in Christ, and it is also knowing our own hearts in the light of God’s grace.

But we remain shrouded in ignorance. We fail to realize that as we search for God’s heart, we are also searching for our own. For it is only in finding Him that we discover our true selves, because we are, after all, “in Him”. We should all remember the words of David in Psalm 139:23-24 as we seek the Lord’s heart in an effort to cleanse our own.

Let us strive to wash away the shroud that conceals our heart from ourselves. Remember how Jesus uncovered the sins of the churches in Revelation; He told them of their ills and commanded them all to overcome, each in their own unique circumstance. Like these churches, we must know our needs. And like them, we exist in a world of illusions, corruption, and lies. Our well-established routines make us comfortable in this world; able to partake in the pleasures of the flesh at a moment’s notice. The enemy is entrenched around and in us; and it is only the convicting work of the Holy Spirit where such deeds can be brought to the cross to die.

To ascend the Lord’s hill requires renouncing the falsehood within us. It is not a quest to become righteous; but rather a quest to become truthful. We have been promised no condemnation as long as we are in Christ (Romans 8:1); but to be in Christ requires purity of heart.

Are you ready to ascend the hill of the Lord?