Praying the Psalms Project

Psalm 24 – Praying the Psalms Project

I climbed a mountain once.  I did not cling to rocks, it was more like a steep trail.  At first it was easy, but as the trail became steep it was not so easy.  Less talking and giggling with my girlfriends and more huffing and puffing.  About half way up the mountain this non-physical gal was ready to quit and go read a good book.  

We pressed on and made it the top, where I realized I was utterly and completely afraid of heights.  Not a fun time!

Our lives are a lot like a mountain climb.  Some parts of the climb are easy, others terrifying and difficult.  

Here is what Psalm 24 tells us – Those with clean hands and pure hearts have access to the top of the Lord’s mountain anytime, anywhere.  They can climb up and stand on His holy hill where He breaths into us, life and courage, for this mountain climb called life. 

What if you are like me and you do not have clean hands and a pure heart on your own? 

I have good news – Because of Jesus I can climb the mountain of the Lord and stand in His holy place and so can you.

Psalm 24

Of David. A psalm.

The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
    the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
    and established it on the waters.

Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
    Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
    who does not trust in an idol
    or swear by a false god.

They will receive blessing from the Lord
    and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
    who seek your face, God of Jacob.

Lift up your heads, you gates;
    be lifted up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
    The Lord strong and mighty,
    the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates;
    lift them up, you ancient doors,
    that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
    The Lord Almighty—
    he is the King of glory.

I can climbthe mountain of the Lord_ Who may stand in his holy place_

Oh Lord, You have made everything and everyone in Creation, even me.

You have founded and established all things.

My life is a mountain climb,

When I reach the top, I will sit with you in Your holy place

Through Jesus – I have clean hands and a pure heart.

I trust only You, Lord.

You have given me blessing and vindication.

I seek Your face.

I open the gates and lift the doors of my life wide.

Come in Lord Almighty, King of Glory!  – Amen