As believers, we should all be desiring the higher things of the spirit. The fulfillment of the promise that we are being changed from glory to glory. ( 2Cor. 3:18 ) To fellowship on the "Hill of the Lord," as Moses, or perhaps to find ourselves on the Mount of Transfiguration as did our Lord should be our goal.
So...how do we ascend to the Hill of the Lord....in other words, who is allowed to draw near? Are the high places of intimacy with the Creator open to all? The Psalmist describes the conditions necessary to access the path and open the doors of communion with our Holy God. For "who shall ascend to the Hill of the Lord, and who shall stand in His Holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul unto vanity nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord."
Certainly, we understand that salvation is not by our works of righteusness. We know that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and that no one can come to the Father, but by Him... We fully embrace the finished works of Calvary that secures our eternal salvation. That being said, how are we able to go higher? How are we able to stand in the presence of Holy God and fellowship with his holiness?
Consider: our God is a covenant keeing God. A covenant is an agreement that requires certain commitments from both parties. A marriage is a good example. If both people in a marriage are dedicated to each other and desire to please one another the fellowship between the two is sweet. However, if one party is indifferent or blatantly obnoxious and uncaring, a strain is placed on the relationship. And, if one or both in the marriage become involved in activities that compromise the marriage vows, the covenant becomes tainted with disregard and weakened by abuse.
When we, as believers, seek to go higher in our relationship with Holy God, we must be dutiful to come before Him in such a manner that will release the blessing from His Hand; as it is written in Psalms 24: " with clean hands and a pure heart." We come with confidence because we have examined our hearts presenting them washed in the blood of our Lord, repentant of known offences; hands cleansed from unholy activities and sanctified by refusing to touch the unclean things of this world. We come in complete humility, recognizing that in our selves dwells no good thing. We come with transparent honesty understanding that He knows our thoughts completely and our words before we speak them. We are all naked before Him with whom we have to do (Hebrews 4: 13)
Often we refuse His presence because we know our hands are stained with the world's distractions and our heart's desire is far less than pure. In our inner most being we exalt our selves and become legends in our own minds. Deception clouds our vision and hinders our willingness to climb the Hill of the Lord.
Intentional devotion to our Lord, loving God on purpose, being comfortable in His Holiness is facilitated by exactly what is described in the 24th Chapter of Psalms: "Who shall ascend unto the Hill of the Lord? and who shall stand in His Holy Place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul unto vanity nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord."
Let us not just journey up the mountain, let us go up prepared to receive the blessing!