Psalm 24 – The Path to Revival. [Part 4]
Psalm 24 is more than just a beautiful song, or passionate scripture. It is a key. Line by line, God is teaching us something through David. Since it is a short passage, I will post the entire passage, and then we will go verse by verse. If we understand the lesson God is speaking here, we might just find ourselves one step closer to revival.
A Psalm of David.
The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the rivers. Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully. He shall receive a blessing from the LORD And righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face–even Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O gates, And lift them up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.
This passage ends with The King of Glory coming in. This is more or less what we call REVIVAL. All of the great awakenings and revivals of the church have been marked by an increase of the Presence of God. So, if that is the goal, lets see what happens before the King of Glory comes in. Let’s continue our study of verses 3 & 4.
“Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.”
In the last portion, we discussed the two keys that are found in these two verses, Worship and Holiness. This point was too big just to give it one little post on the blog, and since I do not want to have you reading book length posts, I decided that I would chunk it down even further. So this post is going to focus on Holiness. This is a real key to revival. Lets begin with a passage in 2nd Corinthians
“…Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. “Therefore, COME OUT FROM THEIR MIDST AND BE SEPARATE,” says the Lord. “AND DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN; And I will welcome you. “And I will be a father to you, And you shall be sons and daughters to Me,” Says the Lord Almighty. Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all defilement of flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
2nd Corinthians 6:16-7:1
God has given us a calling to be separated. The word Holy means ‘separate.’ God doesn’t want us to just blend in. God doesn’t want us to just dwell with the world. He is a Jealous God and desires our hearts to be separated for Him. Holiness isn’t nearly as hard as people make it out to be. It isn’t a set of rules and regulations, but rather it is an overflow of Love.
If I love a woman, I will alter my character to please her. If I know she doesn’t like the color green, I will stop wearing green. If I know she loves roses, I will buy her roses. Love makes you alter who you are, because you find that relationship more important than these things.
If we are looking at Holiness as a long list of rights and wrongs we get out of the lover mindset, and fall into the works mindset. We do not live Holy because we have to. It is not the linchpin of our salvation. I live holy because I love God and want to do the things that please His heart. The things that draw Him closer to me. I pursue holiness because I love Christ.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Paul encourages us to think upon the good things. Not to be focused on the old ways, because if you dwell on God, and separate your mind from things of the world, and even more than just thinking, but practicing the good things, you will have God’s peace. Honestly, I could go through and give many more scriptures, but I do not feel this is something that needs more scripture, but a shift in our hearts. We need the overflowing love for God in our hearts to make us desire holiness.
It is important to remember God’s place and our place. He is our sustainer. He is our Shield and our Buckler. We need to hold fast to Him and all that He is.
- GOD OWNS YOUR CITY
- GOD CONTROLS THE WATERS
- GOD REQUIRES:
Keep your eye out for part five as we continue working through this awesome passage of scripture and journey towards the Revival that we have been seeking. In the next section, we will discuss Worship, and how much it blesses the Lord. Look for it in the next few days.