Ascending the Hill of the Lord

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David dancing before the Lord

 

Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.  This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah  (Psa 24:3-10 NKJ)

And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God. And David became angry because of the LORD’S outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah to this day. (2Sa 6:6-8 NKJ)

The place where the Ark of the Covenant rested was probably a place call Gibeah.  Gilbeah was three miles north of Jerusalem at the height of around 2,700 feet above sea level.  When David decided that it was time to bring the Ark into the City of David, the Levities carried the Ark in the prescribed fashion, using the poles and carrying it.  Each man would have been carrying an estimated 80lbs.  Down the hill of Gibeah and the ascend the  hill to the City of David, 2,400 feet above sea level.  Who can ascend the hill of the Lord? Strength, wisdom, ingenuity didn’t count, it was clean hands, pure heart, who’s soul wasn’t following after idols.  Such tasks can only happen when the Lord makes it possible. As they approach the city gates, David cries out, “Lift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.” From inside the walls, the reply comes from inside, “Who is this King of glory?” David responds, “The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.”

The Christian life may not be easy with its valleys and mountain tops, but remember, wherever you go, you’re carrying the presence of God.

Published by Terry Threadwell

Dr. Terry Threadwell has thirty five years ministry experience. Author, educator and Director of the Institute of Progressive Pentecostal Studies.

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