Who may worship in your sanctuary, LORD? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? 2 Those who lead blameless lives and do what is right, speaking the truth from sincere hearts. 3 Those who refuse to gossip or harm their neighbors or speak evil of their friends. 4 Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the LORD, and keep their promises even when it hurts. 5 Those who lend money without charging interest, and who cannot be bribed to lie about the innocent. Such people will stand firm forever.
The earth is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, 2 for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers. 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.
From these two Psalms of David, the context of Sanctified is expanded and yet narrowed. Yes, it is a paradox because both statements are true, yet they seem to contradict one another.
The context is expanded in the sense that the potential and purpose for those who are Sanctified is bigger than possibly imagined.
The context is narrowed in the sense that criteria and character for those are Sanctified is smaller than possibly anticipated.
From both passages the original Hebrew language illuminates the expanded yet narrowed Sanctified paradox. That illumination intensifies the intrigue of the Holy Spirit’s captivating pull into the elevated presence of God almighty.
There are key words from Psalm 15 and 24; they provide the feel and depth of David’s revelation of Sanctified.
Who may worship in Your sanctuary?
Hebrew; polachn soge (floo-chan soo-gech) – to bow or prostrate in admiration, reverence or honor.
Who may enter Your presence on Your Holy Hill? (Sanctified for worship).
Hebrew; skn (shu-kan) – to settle, made ready to dwell or reside.
Who shall ascend to the hill of the Lord?
Hebrew; ala (a-lah) or he’elah romem (hee-ay-lock row-mem)- one who is elevated, is lifted, or rises up.
And who shall stand in his holy place?
Hebrew; mkom (mah-kom) qadosh (ka-dosh) – a sanctuary, sacred, and set apart.
He who has clean hands and a pure heart.
Hebrew; bar (bah) or baro (ba-ho) – made clean, emptied out, one who is sanctified.
We can finish our morning together allowing God’s Sanctified word of truth to be revealed in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
David asks questions he had the answers to:
Who worships (polachn soge) in your sanctuary?
Who enters your presence (skn)?
Who is elevated (he-elah-romem) to the hill of the Lord?
Who stands in the place of holiness (mkom-qadosh)?
David knew the answer because he had lived it. He had lived and experienced the whole process of Sanctification.
Who worships, who ascends, who stands, who enters the presence and Holy Place of the Lord? Baro; clean hands and pure heart.
Those who are Sanctified and called His Name.
Those who have surrendered and those who have overcame.
Those who have made covenant and walked in it, determined to live a Sanctified and separated life for God.
Those willing to live a life marked by humility and suffering, a life of distinction and service. Those who will battle courageously against darkness when there is only a candle in the wind.
Those who are willing to go the distance only to find out the destination is still a little further down the road.
Those who will not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, or stand with the ways of man, or sit on the same seat with mockers.
Those who know that a life worth living is a life worth giving.
Those who are assured their life is a life worth living with Christ but not worth living apart from Him.
Those who are Sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Those who are in Christ Jesus.
My encouragement for us today is simply this:
Do not fear this – Do not recite the I’m Not, or ask the Am I – Do not over analyze – Do not run from this Sanctified moment…
Sanctified is a life that is deep and wide.
Where can I go from your Spirit, or where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I ascend to heaven, there you are, and if I make my bed in Sheol, look! There you are. 9 If I lift up the wings of the dawn, and I alight on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand would lead me, and your right hand would hold me fast. 11 And if I should say, “Surely darkness will cover me, and the light around me will be as night,” 12 even the darkness is not too dark for you, and the night shines as the day—the darkness and the light are alike for you.
Sanctified is a life with meaning.
2 Corinthians 3:16–18
But when one turns to the Lord, the veil (of understanding) is removed. 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Sanctified is a life of purpose.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.
Sanctified is a life of potential and possibility.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Sanctified is a life of dwelling in God’s presence.
Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place— the Most High, who is my refuge—10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent. 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 12 On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. 13 You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. 14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. 15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
So, we move with the Holy Spirit who leads us by the righteousness and sacrifice of Christ into the presence of God. This where God wants us – His presence. We can only enter that Holy Place of God’s presence in Christ. Jesus made a place of Sanctification for us in the Presence of God. This the place where God has wanted us all along – sanctified and in is presence. Set aside for His purposes and will for such a time as this. Don’t run now…
So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, 20 where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever.
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