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. 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.
Food For Thought:
When I read this passage of Scripture, the line that stands out to me is “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.” Standing on holy ground is a theme that emerges throughout the Biblical narrative. It’s not a phrase that we use much outside of the church today. Partly, because our understanding of what is holy and unholy has changed as we moved away from the ancient Jewish traditions. Nevertheless, to me, it is an interesting phrase. It is a phrase comes to me when I am having a special moment with God ― a sacred moment. I love the outdoors. I have always had a special relationship with nature and enjoy being outdoors. Some of my most profound spiritual experiences have been out in nature. On top of a mountain overlooking several other mountains, I have felt like I was standing on holy ground. I believe that holy ground is anywhere that you feel a special connection with God or to others. Where is your holy ground? What is your sacred space? What emotions or feelings are evoked when you think of that place?
Loving God, we stand on holy ground anytime that we are in your presence. Guide us along your path of discipleship so that we may stand on holy ground with you more often. Renew us and engage us so that we may be refreshed in your holy work so that we may bring comfort, healing and peace to those we meet along the way. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.