From Psalm 24
I’ve said for a while now, if I could choose any one person to have coffee with, my celebrity of choice would be Beth Moore. I’m enamored with her love for God and the excitement she brings to Bible study. I'll admit though, when I first heard her, I thought she was putting on: Can anyone really be this passionate about the Bible? But her consistency over decades proves it’s possible. She’s a real-deal lover of God’s Word and a huge reason why I’ve come to fall in love with His Word myself.
What about you? Who’s your person you’d go to coffee with? Who, if they were to call you today and say, “Hey, let’s meet at Starbucks,” would you change your plans, hop in your car, maybe even buy a plane ticket at the drop of a hat to see?
Psalm 24 begins, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for he has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers” (vv. 1-2 ESV).
Now this should impress us. That’s not to say we can’t appreciate the abilities of talented people. I look up to Beth Moore as a Bible teacher and speaker; I also look up to Louise Glück as a poet, Ed Sheeran and Jonathan Cain as musicians, and authors like Madeleine L’Engle, Elisabeth Elliot, and Jodi Picoult. These are just a few of the people on my list; I’m sure you have your own.
But if we could combine them—every talent of every human being over the course of every decade—this still would not convey the ability, creativity, and impressiveness of our God.
After introducing God’s greatness in the greatest words he knew how to string together (Psalm 24:1-2), the psalmist asked, “Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place?” (v. 3). Reading this by itself, it’s an easy answer: “No one. Not a single one of us is good enough, worthy enough even to pull up a seat at His table for coffee. We’re certainly not good enough to stand with Him on His holy hill.”
What’s astounding, then, is what comes next.
Who can stand on His holy hill? Read verse 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.”
Do you see? This isn’t a dismissal. It’s an invitation. Our beyond-amazing God is inviting you to far more than coffee. He’s inviting you to friendship: “The friendship of the Lord is for those who fear him” (Psalm 25:14).
The invitation is yours. You accept it by saying yes to the life He’s chosen for you: clean hands, a pure heart, a life that clings to truth and shares truth with others. All the inspiration, guidance, and encouragement you need for this kind of life can be found in the pages of His Word. He waits for you there, ready to take your hand and climb with you. Ready to introduce you to impressive sights and heights.
Ready to do life with you, right from the top of His holy hill.
Next week’s reading: Psalm 28–34.