Heights of the Heavenlies
For months, they had waited on God. Nothing happened, until one night a young man, Bible in hand began reading from Psalm 24, “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart.” He shut his Bible. Looking at his companions, he said, “Brethren, it seems to me so much humbug waiting as we are…unless we are rightly related to God. I must ask myself: Are my hands clean? Is my heart pure?” He then began to pray…At that moment, something happened in the barn. A power was let loose that shook the parish from center to circumference…God had visited them, and neither they nor the parish could ever be the same again.
–The Lewis Revival (From The Revival Study Bible)
I pray that it is your desire to climb the heights of the heavenlies and ascend into the expansive mountains of the greatness of God. Growing up my family would often take trips across the Appalachian Mountains through the Blue Ridge Parkway. Later in life I enjoyed the Rocky Mountains, and I have driven through the Ozark Mountains. Every time, I am amazed at the splendor of God’s creation. The mountaintop gives you a different perspective of the earth below. There is a different atmosphere, a different climate. The vegetation and wildlife on the mountains are different. So it is with the presence of God.
Are you satisfied with staying at the base of the mountain while others ascend the heights into the glory cloud around the mountaintop? Would you, like Moses and Joshua go up to the presence of the Lord, or are you content to engage in revelry at the base of the mountain? The journey of encountering His presence on the mountain begins now by examining your spiritual condition. Only those willing to pay the price to forsake the sinful carnality at the base of the mountain may ascend to the presence of God at the mountaintop. Have you begun the ascent into greater things with God or are you still indecisive about the fading pleasures down below?