Positioned gracefully across the Book of Psalms is a string of seventy-one pearls, lovely beads of wisdom followed by the admonition SELAH which means, “Pause, think on these things, meditate.”
Psalm 24:3-6 “Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear by what is false. He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from God his Savior. Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, O God of Jacob. Selah.”
Who gets into God’s holy place? The innocent, those with clean hands and pure hearts, those who seek God’s face. The innocent will receive God’s blessing.
How many innocent people do you know? Based on Psalms 14 and 53, there is no one who does good, not even one. If only the innocent get into God’s holy place, heaven must be pretty empty. Right?
Wrong. Heaven is filled with people who never could have made it based on their good works. They did the one and only thing that could purify their hands and hearts—they sought the face of God and found it in Jesus Christ (for in Christ all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form). Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world! And in that identification, they received righteousness and blessing . . . and a ticket to heaven!
Look up: Psalm 14:3; 53:3; Colossians 2:9; John 1:29; 1 Peter 2:24