1The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it. 2 For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the rivers. 3 Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive a blessing from the LORD And righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 This is the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face—even Jacob. Selah.
7 Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! 8 Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O gates, And lift them up, O ancient doors, That the King of glory may come in! 10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah. –Psalm 24
Okay this is the way that I see this Psalm, after establishing who God is in verses 1 & 2, the writer then lays out the requirements for who may approach Him in verses 3 & 4.
Take a look at that list…
Do you have clean hands, have they committed sin?
Do you have a pure heart, have you ever wanted to sin?
Have you ever been involved in things that are false or even opposed to God?
Of course, you are either a liar, or your answer to all of those things was “yes.” (Rom. 3:10 / Psalm 14:1-3)
That kinda leaves us thinking, “okay, now what?” Who can approach God?
Verse 5 tells us that a blessing and righteousness comes from the Lord.
We don’t bring righteousness to Him, He gives it to us.
In verses 7-10 we see the One who may approach, who may come in, The King Of Glory -The Lord Jesus!
He alone is worthy to ascend to the “hill of the Lord” and to “the holy place.”
And He does so, on our behalf, for it is He that has made atonement for our sins, and opened a way for those who believe in Him alone for salvation.
“Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” –Hebrews 10:19-22