Who can Stand before God?

Andrew McClenaghan - Sunday, 12 December 2021

Who can Stand before God?

Statements of fact help us understand the world around us. And Psalm 24 starts with a statement of fact: everything in this world belongs to the LORD (vs.1-2). This leads to two realisations for the original author. First, it means that there is a certain standard to come into the LORD’s presence – one cannot just wander into the presence of the LORD! (vs.3-6). Second, when the LORD comes to his world, what will happen, and what will he be like? (vs.7-10). Well, the first realisation should fill any human with despair: how can anyone reach that standard? And the second realisation will fill any human with fear: how can I face that? The result is a waiting for the LORD to come – and a question of how I – or any human – can be ready for that day.

Scripture References: Psalms 24:1-10, Hebrews 12:18-24, John 1:1-18

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