Reading through Psalm 24, I was drawn to these verses:
3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?Psalm 24:3-6, ESV
And who shall stand in his holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to what is false
and does not swear deceitfully.
5 He will receive blessing from the Lord
and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek the face of the God of Jacob.
These are great questions. Who can approach God? What are the requirements to be with Him? David writes in the psalm that it requires clean hands and a pure heart, and that with those things we may receive blessing and righteousness. But our hands are not clean; they are stained. Our hearts are not pure; they are contaminated and deceitful.
Who possesses these qualities? Jesus is the only one. His death on the cross was payment for our sins. Because of His sacrifice our hands are clean and our hearts are His. It is only because of Jesus that we have any hope to ascend the hill of the Lord and stand in his holy place. It is only through Jesus that we will receive blessing and righteousness.