Who May Stand?

June 2nd, 2013

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Psalm 24:1-10

King David was forbidden to build a temple for God in Jerusalem because he was a man of war with bloody hands (1 Chronicles 22:6-13). David wonders in Psalm 24, “Who may ascend the mountain of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place?” (Psalm 24:3). He quickly answers, “The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god” (v. 4). Purity of action, intention, and devotion are required of those who would stand in God’s presence.

Still, “Who may stand?” We have all sinned (Romans 3:23). Our hearts have not been kept pure (Jeremiah 17:9). And, we have too often tried to serve two masters (Matthew 6:24). Who may stand?

Only those who have received God’s forgiveness can have clean hands (James 4:8). Only those who have experienced God’s grace can have clean hearts (Psalm 51:10). And, only those who are sanctified wholly will be kept blameless (1 Thessalonians 5:23). “But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11). We can stand when Jesus stands at our side!

Author: Duane C. Brush

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2 Responses to “Who May Stand?”

  1. Lauris Meek Says:

    June 2nd, 2013 at 7:49 am

    My daily email Reflecting God was discontinued May 24.

    Is it still available? That is a wonderful thing to find on my smart phone when I first get up in the morning! Thanks for having that so so much.
    It was coming via lsmeek@gmail.com

  2. Barbara Says:

    June 2nd, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    “We can stand when Jesus stands at our side!”

    Really, Jesus stands “within us” when we allow the Holy Spirit to transform our heart, mind, and soul to the thoughts and actions of Christ. .

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