Climbing The Mountain

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. 

Psalm 24:3-4

Have you ever told a lie?  Maybe it was one you would classify as harmless or small, otherwise known as “a little white lie.”  You know, the kind that might have some partial truth in it, but that is not wholly and completely true?  Like sending a text that says, “I’m on my way” to the person whom you are running late to meet, but the truth is you’ve not even left the house… Or saying to a good friend who asks you how you are doing, “I’m fine”, when in reality you are consumed with grief and want to punch the wall or collapse into a puddle of tears.

The truth is that we’ve all been guilty of making un-truthful statements.  We have all missed the mark in some way and strayed away from God’s standard for behavior (Romans 3:23).  This inability to meet God’s standard is known in the Bible as sin. 

But the really good news is that our sin doesn’t have to eternally separate us from God’s presence.  God, because of his great love for us, has made a way for us to enter into his holy place.  I love how Ephesians 2:4-5 puts it:

But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!)

So how do we “climb the mountain” to God?  Well, the answer is that we don’t have to climb anything at all.  God himself has done all the climbing work through his Son Jesus Christ.  Our sins are forgiven and forgotten by God (Psalm 103:10-12) when we turn from them, declare our need for Jesus, and place our faith and trust in him as God’s only way “up the mountain.”  Now THAT is some really good news!

Think About:  Am I trying to “climb the mountain of the Lord” by relying on my own efforts to meet God’s standards?  Have I placed my faith and trust in Jesus Christ as God’s only way?

Pray: Dear Heavenly Father, I acknowledge that my sin separated me from you.  I am so thankful for your Son, Jesus and his death on the cross for that sin.  I place my complete trust in Jesus Christ as the only way “up the mountain.”  Thank you so much for loving me before I could love you.  Thank you for saving me.