King of the Hill

It may have been the simplest game we played as children.

One kid would stand on a hill or a pile of rocks or any other designated area, the other kids would try to knock him off.

Whether you called it “King of the Hill,” “Queen of the Castle,” or “Lord of the Mountain,” the goal was the same – to oust the guy on top and take his place.

Many people grow up living their lives that way, always looking for an opportunity to topple someone they perceive is above them.

But when we come to Jesus Christ, the King of glory, our goal should never be to take His place. No one can knock Him over and no one else deserves to stand where He alone stands. Instead, we come to our King to take our place at His feet. He is the ultimate “King of the Hill.”

Many Bible scholars believe that Psalm 24 was written by King David to be sung when the Ark of the Covenant was returned to the city of Jerusalem. As he contemplated the Ark being carried up God’s holy hill, David asked this question:

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? (Psalm 24:3)

David answered his question with these words:

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. (Psalm 24:4)

David recognized that, while God welcomes us to come to Him, we cannot stroll casually into His presence. We must have…

Clean hands, which refers to an outward life and actions that are right in His sight.

A pure heart, which means our inner motives and attitudes must be set on pleasing Him.

An undivided loyalty to Him, so that we do not lift up our soul to an idol or any other thing that would compete with Him for our worship and devotion.

Truthful lips that have not “sworn deceitfully” or broken promises to the Lord.

Every time you and I come before the Lord in prayer, we are truly ascending the hill of the Lord. We are coming into the holy of holies in Heaven, where we have entrance only because of the precious blood of Jesus Christ, shed for us.

While we can enter His presence freely and joyfully, we should never come to Him carelessly.

Have a great day and keep moving forward!