“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him. For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas and built it on the ocean depths. 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. They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior. Such people may seek you and worship in your presence, O God of Jacob. Interlude Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty; the Lord, invincible in battle. Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord of Heaven’s Armies— he is the King of glory. Interlude” Psalms 24:1-10 NLT
This passage talks about God’s claim to the world. As the creator and God of everything. Everything belongs to him and he is worthy of all things. This made me think about the level of relationship we are called to have with God. Thinking of when we are not right in relationship with a friend or family. When you lie to someone, hurt someone, or do something wrong. Do you feel right to just hangout with that person afterwards? Are you aware of the guilt you carry or do you ignore it? Suppress it? Do you seek forgiveness or avoid that person however you can? There is this movie trope that I always think of. One of embarrassment or guilt that spurs a person to avoid those people they have wronged or that person. To only run into them later at the most inconvenient moment. This then forces the character to either deal with their issues and reconcile or in most cases dig themselves a deeper hole. It mentions in the passage above that only those who are pure and are in right relationship with God can come to him. If we’re not even right in relationships with our friends and family. If we can’t even deal with those relationships correctly or handle simple reconciliation with them, how do we think we could be right in relationship with God? How can we expect that? Thankfully we don’t have to stop at this question. God has already made it possible for us to come to him. Thru Christ’s sacrifice on the cross we can come before him clothed in Christ’s blood. All were left to worry about is praising God.
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