Pastor Tim Romero
Psalm 24:3–5 (ESV): "3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. 5 He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation."
Can you imagine a heaven that you have zero access to? That was heaven for a split second immediately after the fall of man. No access, barred for life, no chance of ever again inhabiting the presence of God. Thankfully God immediately took action and made a sacrifice with the promise of the perfect sacrifice of His Son.
David meditates momentarily on two events in human history that changed everything. First, the fall of man. He says, who can stand before the Lord? No one can because of the fall in the Garden. Jesus was the only one who could for He truly had clean hands and a pure heart. He would stand for us in the second event namely the Crucifixion/Resurrection. This is the blessing David is referencing, His righteousness and salvation by grace through faith in Christ.
You and I were once, or even are currently, stuck in a place of the curse. Heaven is not open for such a one...the gates are locked out for all of eternity. However, everything changes when we put our faith in Jesus. Our sins are washed away and the gates of heaven become open wide. We are clothed with the robe of righteousness and eventually, a crown will be placed on our heads.
Can you imagine life without this hope? Rejoice with all of your heart today that you can be saved through Jesus. It's worth pondering daily friends. Never lose sight of the hope we've been given purely by the grace of God.
Father, thank You for Your amazing grace. We give You all glory and honor and praise today. Never let the thought pass our minds of what You've done. May it be a constant meditation of our hearts and minds and produce the gratitude and thankfulness You deserve we pray in Jesus name, amen.