January 26th - Duplicity
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, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully. Psalms 24:3-4 (NKJV)
du·plic·i·ty : contradictory doubleness of thought, speech, or action; especially : the belying of one's true intentions by deceptive words or action. "Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord?" Based on personal merit, I guess that the answer would be a resounding "NO-ONE!" To ascend the hill of the Lord requires: 1) Clean Hands. 2) A Pure Heart. 3) Loyalty to God, and 4) No Duplicity, as in "sworn deceitfully." (Sworn Deceitfully simply means there exists a qualitative difference between what a person claims to be and who they really are)
This is what we know to be true concerning the human condition from the Bible. According to Jeremiah, the human heart is "deceitful" and "desperately wicked." According to the Apostle Paul, "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." According to the Apostle John, "If we say that we are without sin, we are liars." None of this information is helpful if you plan to ascend the hill of the Lord. It all points to one ultimate truth: "We are all in desperate need of God's supernatural intervention!"
What can God do for the problem of the duplicitous heart? We will not fully "see" ourselves as we really are until we are with the Lord. As long as we are alive we will continue to hear the murmurs of the duplicitous heart as we rationalize away our guilt and justify our actions; however, if you listen, our teacher--the Holy Spirit will tell you the truth concerning
YOU. His voice needs to become the "loudest" voice among the voices that speak to us. As we listen, submit and obey what the Holy Spirit is telling us, we have the opportunity to eliminate much of the duplicity that has caused so much confusion. It also allows us to ascend to new heights and walk in the destiny that God has already prepared for us. He is our righteousness--He is our hope--He is our salvation!
The enemy of your soul is in the business of pointing the finger of accusation at us. Too often the accusations are accurate in describing the works of our flesh. If judged purely by merit alone, we would all face doom; but we are ascending the hill of the Lord by His grace! God’s grace allows us to exchange a duplicitous heart for a seat at God’s table; filthy rags for a robe of righteousness; a dead end for the hope of glory.
Author’s Note: The longer I live the less I am impressed with myself. I am certainly not a great catch for the Kingdom of God, and yet I am a beloved son. Hard to believe! I live in a perpetual state of gratefulness, because God has graciously refused to give me what I deserve. “Thank You, Father!” RJD