Who shall ascend to the Hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in His holy place? – Ellen Sabo

 July 11, 2021

The ark of the covenant was the most sacred of all the tabernacle furnishings and represented God’s presence among the Israelites. In 2 Samuel 6, David attempts to bring the ark to his new capital city of Jerusalem, but is met with trouble along the way. He gives up in despair, wondering how the ark can ever come to him. We too can get discouraged when we want to experience God’s presence but our good intentions go wrong. How can we worship God when we are filled with hopelessness or uncertainty? And how can we draw near to God when God seems so far away?

Scripture:

  • Psalm 24
  • 2 Samuel 6:1-19
  • Ephesians 1:3-14
  • Mark 6:14-29

 

Psalm 24

Entrance into the Temple

Of David. A Psalm.
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
   the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
   and established it on the rivers.


Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
   And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
   who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
   and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
   and vindication from the God of their salvation.
Such is the company of those who seek him,
   who seek the face of the God of 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 be lifted 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

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